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London congestion charge set to rise

On the 18th March 2020, London’s Congestion and Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) charges were both temporarily suspended due to limited public transport services and closures around the city due to COVID-19.

London Congestion Charge changes announced

The Government has announced there are some changes set to come into action on the 22nd June 2020 which includes a rise in the Congestion Charge and temporarily extended hours. Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London has explained these measures are designed to help avoid attracting too much traffic to London streets following the government encouraging people to go back to work but to also avoid public transport where possible.

London Congestion Charge Zone

Congestion Charge Now

  • non-exempt vehicles are charged £11.50 per day for driving in the zone
  • between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm,
  • The charge applies on weekdays only: Monday to Friday.

Congestion Charge on 22nd June 2020

  • will rise from £11.50 to £15
  • will have extended hours between 7:00 am – 10:00 pm,
  • and operate 7 days a week to include weekends.

Are electric cars exempt from London’s Congestion Charge?

Yes, currently Electric and Plug-in Hybrid cars or vans qualify for a 100% discount on the Congestion Charge but you must apply for the discount.

From 25 October 2021, the cleaner vehicle discount will change so that only battery electric vehicles are eligible.

How to apply for the London Congestion Charge discount

You can apply for the discount online by setting up a London Road User Charging account. Having an account means you can:

  • Manage and renew your discount online

  • Set up CC Auto Pay for up to 5 vehicles so you can pay the Congestion Charge at a lower rate

  • Make faster payments by storing your payment and personal details

  • Allow up to 5 people to access your London Road User Charging account

  • Business account users can apply for CC Auto Pay but also have the option of Fleet Auto Pay, an automated payment service for companies with a fleet of 6 or more vehicles

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