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Introduction

Greater London has different schemes in place:



Dates and details

Congestion Charge:

To enter the congestion charging zone of London you have to pay. 

Emissions Surcharge:

A new, additional cost: the Emissions Surcharge will be active from 23. October 2017 in the Congestion Charge area.

Diesel and petrol vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 emissions standard for NOx and PM will be charged an additional £10. 



Vehicles affected

Congestion Charge:

All vehicles except:

  • Vehicles with nine or more seats
  • Motor tricycles
  • Motor cycles
  • Vehicles used by disabled people
  • Ultra Low Emission Vehicles: electric vehicles or cars and vans that emit 75g/km or less of CO2 and meet the Euro 5 emission standard for air quality.

Emission Surcharge:

All four wheeled motorised vehicles not meeting the emission standard:

  • Petrol and diesel minimum standard Euro 4 

Motorised tricycles and quadricycles:

  • Euro 3


  • Costs

    Congestion Charge

    Depending on the payment method you choose, you pay from £10.50 to £14 a day:

    • Congestion Charge Auto Pay (CCAP) £10.50/day. This automated payment system will record the number of charging days a vehicle travels within the charging zone each month and bill your debit or credit card each month.
    • Pay in advance or by midnight on the day of travel £11.50/day. You can pay up to 90 days in advance. So, for example, you could pay for one day, a month or a year. Or you can pay after the journey on the day of travel.
    • By midnight the following charging day £14/day. You can only pay the following day online or by phone. If you travel on a Friday you have until midnight on the following Monday to pay.


    To pay the charge go to the Transport for London website: Paying the Congestion Charge
     

    Emissions Surcharge:

    The Emissions Surcharge is £10/day. Find a table here to see how much you will pay in detail.



    Alternative transport
    Options to travel into the city without a car.
    Transport for London
    Oyster Card

    Scheme Boundary
    Congestion Charging Zone and Emissions Surcharge Zone cover the same area
    map of London congestion charging zone
    Key
    Orange area encircled by red dotted line: Central London congestion charging zone
    Red dotted line: Congestion Charging zone boundary
    Blue streets: main roads within charging zone
    White streets: uncharged roads
    For a more detailed map
    For an interactive map (TfL's website)
    To check the postcode (TfL's website)

    Road Sign

    Entering the charging zone:
    Near or at the start of the zone, you'll see these signs, which also say when the zone operates.
    CS_UK_London_entering_sign.jpg

    Leaving the charging zone:
    As you leave the congestion charging zone you'll see this sign showing the end of the zone.
    London CS end of zone sign



    Need to Register?

    WARNING
    Unofficial websites are selling the Congestion Charge and can charge a premium on top of what you pay through our official online payment process. Please be aware of numerous websites and their misleading claims.

    Please only buy from TfL Transoprt for London - the official site.

     

    Details of how to pay

    The T-Charge will use the same payment and operational systems as the Congestion Charge. From 23 October 2017 we will identify whether a vehicle is subject to the T-Charge and the driver will pay for both the Congestion Charge and the T-Charge (if applicable) in the same transaction.

    Existing Congestion Charge Autopay customers will be automatically charged from 23 October 2017.

    Pay the charge before entry, or latest midnight, 24:00 the day your vehicle enters the zone.
    Possible ways to pay:



    Foreign vehicles affected?
    Yes, are affected.

    Hours of operation
    Monday to Friday from 07:00 - 18:00.
    Excludes Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive.

    Enforcement
    Camera through an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system

    Penalty
    £130 (~165€), discounted amount if paid within 14 days: £65.
    If you don’t pay within 28 days the charge goes up to £195 (~248€).

    National Scheme
    None

    Exemptions
    Charging Scheme exemptions
    Emissions Surcharge exemptions

    Local name for the scheme
    Central London congestion charge, CCS, London congestion charge
    Emissions Surcharge, T-Charge, toxicity-charge

    Further Information
    City transport authority’s page about the congestion charge
    Impacts of London's Congestion Charge
    ULEZ
    Find out about your vehicles standard
    Compliance checker

    City website

    London city website on congestion charge

    London city website on emissions surcharge

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