February 21, 2022
Today marks the start of the second phase of changes to London’s Congestion Charge, following the initial changes that came into play in December 2021.
The first phase, introduced on the 20th of December, saw the charge increase from £11.50 to £15 per day with the delayed payment charge increasing to £17.50. The delayed payment charge window was extended to three days after travel, so if you make payment before that it will be for just £15.
TfL also removed the discount for Auto Pay and Fleet Auto Pay customers, and these drivers will now pay the same rate as everyone else.
Residents are still entitled to a 90 per cent discount but did have to re-apply to register for this, and the ability to pay by app or online for multiple consecutive days is no longer available to them.
Additionally, TfL confirmed that the reimbursement arrangements that were introduced as temporary measures have been retained or adapted to ensure those most vulnerable to infection will continue to be protected. This includes essential trips made by NHS employees in times of exceptional or extraordinary circumstances, including commuting purposes at these times.
As of today the operating hours have been narrowed and you will only need to pay the congestion charge if you are driving within the city centre between 7am and 6pm on weekdays, 12 noon and 6pm on weekends and bank holidays.
Previously the operating hours were 7am to 10pm so this change to the times means drivers entering the city at night will benefit from not having to pay congestion charges.
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