Congestion fee changes: New rules motorists need to know from today

Motorists now only need to pay a £15 congested zone fee if they drive into central London between 11am and 6pm Monday to Friday – excluding weekend

Congestion fee changes: New rules motorists need to know from today
Fees apply only in central London

New congestion zone rules come into effect today affecting millions of people driving into the capital – and that means you’ll pay less at certain hours of the day.

Motorists now only need to pay a £15 fee if they travel into central London between the hours of 11am between 7am and 6pm on weekdays.

The fee will only be in effect for six hours from 12 noon to 6 pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Previously, drivers had to pay a £15 fee to travel in the congested zone for 15 hours between 7am and 10pm seven days a week.

Transportation to London confirmed the changes in December following a 10-week consultation last summer.

The capital’s transport network operator said it wanted the change to restart London’s economy following the widespread Covid-19 shutdown.

The congested zone operates all days of the year except Christmas Day and the days before from December 25 until after New Year’s Day.

Fees apply only in Central London


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Last June it increased by 30% – adding £3.50 a day in a bid to keep people out of highly polluting vehicles.

However, if you drive an electric car, you are exempt from the £15 fee entirely.

The shaking is followed by a expansion of the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) to include all areas inside the North and South Circles in October.

The pollution tax has been in effect since April 2019, covering the same central London area as the congestion charge.

That means many car drivers now have to pay a daily £12.50 charge, and truck and bus drivers have to pay £100 if their vehicles cause serious pollution.

Drivers who fail to comply and do not pay the toll will be fined £160.

The daily fee is £12.50 for cars, smaller vans, motorbikes and other lighter vehicles.

Find out you pay it by entering your registration number into TFLs’ online testers.

Mayor of london Sadiq Khan “London’s toxic air is a health crisis that has long-term harm to our children and contributes to thousands of premature deaths.

“The ultra-low-emissions zone has almost halved central London’s nitrogen dioxide pollution and its expansion on 25 October means more Londoners across the city will enjoy these benefits.” benefits of cleaner, fresher air.

“We need bold action to clean up London’s air and to encourage that four out of five vehicles now meet current standards and will not have to pay ULEZ fees, I advise all drivers to use Use the TfL testing tool to make sure your vehicle is ULEZ compliant.”

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