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London Congestion Charge

The London Congestion Charge is paid by drivers travelling within the Congestion Charge Zone in London. The scheme operates between 7am and 6pm, Monday-Friday. For daily commuters, the annual cost can amount to over £2,000 per year.

Congestion charge exempt carsView list of Congestion Charge exempt vehicles (valid from 01 July 2013) >>
Cars that emit 75 gCO2/km or less and meet Euro 5 emissions standards qualify for the Ultra low Emission Discount.


NOTE: the Greener Vehicle Discount is replaced by the Ultra low Emission Discount on 1st July 2013 >>


Ultra Low Emission Discount – from 1st July 2013Return to top

From 1st July 2013 the 'Ultra Low Emission Discount' (ULED) will replace the Greener Vehicle Discount (GVD – see below). Under the new scheme, all vehicles that produce ultra-low emissions will be rewarded, irrespective of the technology used.

To be eligible for the Ultra Low Emission Discount, all models that emit less than or equal to 75 gCO2/km and meet Euro 5 emissions standards will qualify for 100% discount (subject to a £10 annual registration fee).

Under the new scheme, all electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are currently exempt – but 'conventional' hybrids are treated as petrol and diesel vehicles and only qualify for the ULED if their emissions are 75 g/km or less and are Euro 5.

As was the case with the GVD, the new scheme is to be monitored and the ULED criteria regularly reviewed.


Greener Vehicle Discount – from 4th January 2011Return to top

The London Mayor introduced a 'Greener Vehicle Discount' (GVD) scheme with effect from January 4th, 2011. Under the scheme, all vehicles that produce low emissions will be rewarded, irrespective of the technology used.

To be eligible for the Greener Vehicle Discount, all models that emit less than or equal to 100 gCO2/km and meet Euro 5 emissions standards will qualify for 100% discount (subject to a £10 annual registration fee).

Under the new scheme, all electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are also exempt - but 'conventional' hybrids are treated as petrol and diesel vehicles and only qualify for the GVD if their emissions are 100 g/km or less and are Euro 5.

NOTE: the Greener Vehicle Discount is replaced by the Ultra low Emission Discount on 1st July 2013 >>

However, those who registered a vehicle for the Greener Vehicle Discount before 28th June 2013 will continue to receive the full discount for that vehicle for a 'sunset period' of three years (ending on 24th June 2016).


London Congestion Charge – from 4th January 2011Return to top

From 4th January 2011, the standard London Congestion Charges are:
* £10 if paid in advance or on the day of travel,
* £12 if paid by midnight the charging day after travel,
* £9 if registered for Congestion Charging Auto Pay.

As is the case under the previous scheme, registered residents that live within the Charging zone will continue to receive a 90% discount.

As detailed above, on 1st July 2013, the Greener Vehicle Discount will be replaced by the Ultra Low Emission Discount.

Other recent changes include the penalty charge for late payment rising from £120 to £130 on 20th May 2013. Also, as only 6% of drivers pay their Congestion Charge in shops, this option will be phased out in order to cut the scheme’s operational costs.



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