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The following vehicles are exempted from the Congestion Charge:

  • HM Coastguard and Port Authorities
  • Certain operational vehicles used by the London boroughs
  • The armed forces
  • Royal Parks Agency
  • Breakdown organisation vehicles accredited to BS EN ISO9001:2008
  • Two-wheeled motorbikes (and sidecars) and mopeds
  • Emergency service vehicles
  • NHS vehicles that are exempt from vehicle tax
  • Vehicles used by disabled people exempted from vehicle tax
  • Vehicles for more than one disabled person
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles that are actively licensed in London.


The following vehicles may apply for a discount:

  • Residents (90% discount)
  • Blue Badge (100% discount)
  • Vehicles with nine or more seats (100% discount)
  • Motor tricycles (100% discount)
  • Roadside recovery vehicles (100% discount)


All the discounts can be found on this Transport for London page. There you will also find the forms you need to apply for those discounts.

Are there discounts for smaller/cleaner vehicles?

The following ultra low emission vehicles can apply for a 100% discount:

  • Electric vehicles
  • Cars and vans that emit 75g/km or less of CO2 and also meet the Euro 5 emission standard for air quality
  • 'Plug-in hybrid' (PHEV) vehicles that are on the UK Government's list of PHEVs eligible for the OLEV grant are from 24th June 2016 no longer exempted 
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