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Congestion Charging

Transport for London's cclondon website provides full details about the Congestion Charging scheme, including information on payments, penalties and exemptions.

This page contains information about the formal processes of making changes to the Congestion Charging scheme.

This page contains information about the formal processes of making changes to the congestion charging scheme.

Congestion Charging Western Extension: February 2007

On 19 February 2007 the Central London Congestion Charge Zone was extended westwards to cover most of the boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. The extended zone now operates as one scheme, with the same rules, payment channels and discounts.  In addition to the extended area, the operated hours of the Congestion Charging scheme were changed to 7am to 6pm from the previous 7am to 6.30pm.

Further details about the western extension.

Changes to charges: March 2005

On 31 March 2005 the Mayor confirmed, after consultation, on Variation Orders No. 4 and No. 5 for the Central London Congestion Charging scheme:

Fleet notification scheme

Variation No. 4 discontinued the fleet notification scheme and halved the cost of various administrative charges. The fleet notification scheme required companies to estimate monthly usage for each vehicle registered on their account. Previous users of the fleet notification scheme were offered the opportunity to transfer onto the automated fleet scheme, to reduce the amount of paperwork for fleet users. Further details are contained in the Mayoral Approval Form:

Mayoral Approval Form Variation Order No. 4 PDF
Mayoral Approval Form Variation Order No. 4 RTF

Charge level and discounts

Variation Order No. 5 has three principal elements:

  • Raising the level of the Central London Congestion Charge from £5 per charging day to £8 per charging day:
    Raising the charge built upon the traffic reduction benefits of the scheme. The value of the Congestion Charge is eroded over time by inflation and income growth. In addition, road users both within and outside of the charging zone will continue to benefit from the further reduction in traffic congestion.  The increased revenues raised provide finance to help bring forward measures in the Mayors Transport Strategy that will work to reduce congestion across London.
  • Providing discounts for vehicles on the fleet schemes:
  • The additional 10% surcharge for vehicles on the ‘automated fleet’ scheme was removed and a £1 discount on the proposed standard daily charge of £8 was given, resulting in a charge of £7 per charging day. This change was made in response to requests from business and fleet operators to make the charge easier to pay and reduce the impacts of the charge on businesses.
  • Providing discounts for monthly and annual Congestion Charges:
  • Discounting longer period charges, by approximately 15%, was introduced with a 20 day (monthly charge) for the price of 17 days (3 days uncharged) and a 252 days (annual charge) for the price of 212 (40 days uncharged). This change was made in response to requests to make the charge easier to pay.

Further details can be found in the Mayoral Approval Form:

Mayoral Approval Form Variation Order No. 5 PDF
Mayoral Approval Form Variation Order No. 5 RTF

Pay Next Day (PND)

From Monday 19 June 2006 drivers have had an extra day to pay the Congestion Charge. The Pay Next Day scheme allows drivers to pay the £8 Congestion Charge until midnight on the day or pay £10 until midnight on the following charging day.

For further information visit TfL’s PND webpage

Transport Strategy Revision: August 2004

The Mayor published a Revision to his Transport Strategy on 11 August 2004. The Revision is available for download below.

The Transport Strategy Revision sets out the policy framework within which proposals for a western extension to the Congestion Charge zone were taken forward. A map of the extended charging area is included in the Transport Strategy Revision. There is also a larger version available below for download.

The Revision replaces sections 4G.61 to 4G.82 and Proposals 4G.12, 4G.13 and 4G.14, and Annex 5 of the Transport Strategy as published in July 2001.
Before publishing the Transport Strategy Revision the Mayor considered:

The Revision replaces sections 4G.61 to 4G.82 and Proposals 4G.12, 4G.13 and 4G.14, and Annex 5 of the Transport Strategy as published in July 2001.

Before publishing the Transport Strategy Revision the  Mayor considered:

  • Representations from consultation, conducted on his behalf by Transport for London (TfL).
  • TfL’s Report to the Mayor following consultation with stakeholders.
  • Representations from businesses, other organisations and the public.
  • Advice from Greater London Authority officers.

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Further information

For full information on the consultations and the TfL reports, visit the Congestion Charging extension section on TfL's website.

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