When do the congestion charges change?
Changes to the London Congestion Charge have been suggested in a way to further reduce traffic levels and improve air quality in the capital.
There until the new congestion charges start.
Under the new proposals, the exemption from the congestion charge for private hire vehicles would be removed and the Introduction of a new Cleaner Vehicle Discount would be replaced by an Ultra Low Emission Discount.
These changes are proposed to come into effect from 8th April 2019 and are designed to further drive demand for people to invest in the greenest vehicles to travel around the streets of central London.
The Congestion Charge
The congestion charge is a daily levy drivers must pay if they wish to travel within central London. It applies between Monday and Friday and is monitored by cameras on roads across the congestion charge zone.
This charge was first introduced by then Mayor of London, Ken Livingston, in 2003 with the aim of reducing congestion around the streets of central London. On first being introduced, the charge was £5 per day within the charging zone, which was raised to £8 in 2005 and £10 in 2011.
Alongside reducing traffic congestion, the charge is also designed to generate revenue that can be reinvested back into public transport to encourage drivers to leave their cars behind altogether.
Since inception, the number of vehicles travelling around the charging zone has decreased by around 30%. However, the number of private hire vehicles in the charging zone has significantly risen, impacting on congestion and air pollution; hence the change to charges coming into play soon.
Make sure you keep on top of when changes are being made to the congestion charge to ensure you don’t get caught out if you have to drive on the streets of central London.
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