Seeking your views about proposed changes to the Congestion Charging Scheme

Overview

Transport for London (TfL) regularly reviews the Congestion Charging scheme to ensure it remains effective in reducing traffic and congestion in central London, and to improve the operation of the scheme. 

This web page explains the proposed changes to the Congestion Charging scheme that TfL consulted on between 19 November 2012 and 8 February 2013. These include:

  • Creating a new Ultra Low Emission Discount to replace the Greener Vehicle Discount and Electric Vehicle Discount
  • Increasing the penalty charge from £120 to £130
  • Removing the option to pay the charge in shops and petrol stations.

 

The Congestion Charge applies to all vehicles being driven within the Congestion Charging zone from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, unless they are exempt or registered with TfL for a discount.

The £10 daily charge is payable in advance or before midnight on the day of travel. Drivers paying by midnight of the next charging day after travelling in the zone pay £12.

Please click here to find out more information about the Congestion Charging scheme.

To find out more information about our proposals, please click the links below:

  

This statutory consultation closed on 8 February 2013.

We have considered all comments received and prepared a report for consideration by the Mayor.

A decision has now been made. To find out more about the outcome of the consultation, please refer to the 'Results' section of this webpage.

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Results

Consultation on changes to the Congestion Charging Scheme

TfL’s consultation on proposed changes to the Congestion Charging scheme is now closed.

The three month consultation which concluded in February 2013 entailed an invitation to provide comment on the following proposals:

  • Creating a new Ultra Low Emission Discount to replace the Greener and Electric Vehicle Discounts
  • Increasing the penalty charge from £120 to £130
  • Removing the option to pay the charge in shops and petrol stations. 

 

TfL welcomed the wide range of views and feedback from Londoners, businesses and key stakeholders who helped inform the final recommendations presented to the Mayor. 

On 23 April 2013, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, confirmed his decision to make changes to the Congestion Charge scheme. 

Ultra Low Emission Discount

A new Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED) will be introduced for the Congestion Charge scheme to replace the existing Greener Vehicle and Electric Vehicle discounts. The measure ensures only the greenest zero and ultra low emission vehicles driving into the capital receive a 100 per cent discount.  Other changes to the scheme involve the removal of the option to pay the charge in shops and an increase in the level of penalty charge from £120 to £130.

The ULED will be introduced on 1 July 2013 and will provide a single 100 per cent discount from the Congestion Charge for electric vehicles and ultra low emission cars and vans.  To qualify for the discount vehicles will have to be either any pure electric vehicle or be cars and vans that emit 75g/km or less of CO2 and meet the Euro 5 emission standard for air quality.

Vehicles registered for the Electric Vehicle Discount will be automatically transferred to the new ULED on 1 July 2013.  

Cars currently registered for the GVD will not meet the criteria for the new ULED.  However, the Mayor and TfL recognise that many drivers made the decision to purchase a low emission car in order to benefit from the existing GVD.  Therefore, in response to a number of comments made to this effect during the consultation, the current owners of cars registered for the GVD will continue to receive a full discount for that vehicle for a ‘sunset period’ of three years – an increase from the two years proposed in the consultation.  The sunset period for the owners of vehicles currently registered for the GVD will therefore end on 24 June 2016. 

Penalty Charge

The penalty charge for the Congestion Charge will increase from £120 to £130 on 20 May 2013.  This will be only the third increase in the penalty charge since the Congestion Charge was introduced in 2003 and will bring the penalty charge in line with other moving traffic, bus lane and parking penalty charges within London.

Payment Options 

TfL will remove the option to pay the Congestion Charge in shops from 26 July 2013 as a result of fewer people paying using that method and to reduce the costs of operating the scheme.

Drivers will still be able to pay the Congestion Charge using a wide range of other means including online, by phone, by text message or by CC Auto Pay.

 A link to the report on final decisions and proposals can be viewed at:  www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/congestioncharging/6722.aspx

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Dates

Consultation is Closed

Ran from 19 Nov 2012 to 8 Feb 2013

Other Information

Areas:

All Areas

Audience:

  • Public,
  • Stakeholders,
  • Local residents,
  • Local businesses,
  • Schools,
  • London Boroughs,
  • Coach Operators

Interests:

  • Congestion charge