|Congestion charges |
The congestion zone is in operation from 07:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. There are no charges on weekends, public holidays or for the week of 25th December to 1st January (inclusive).
For 100 per cent discounts you must still register your vehicle.
- Residents - Registered residents can get a 90 per cent discount and if you sign up to the Auto pay you only pay for the days you travel rather than having to buy weekly or monthly passes.
- Blue Badges - If you hold a valid Blue Badge in the European Economic Area, you're eligible to register for a 100 per cent discount, even if you don't own a vehicle or drive.
- Green Vehicles - The vehicles below qualify for a 100 per cent Congestion Charge discount.
- Greener vehicles - Cars which emit 100g/km or less of CO2 and that meet the Euro 5 standard for air quality.
- Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. These must have a fuel type of 'electric' on your V5C document you receive from the DVLA on purchase of your car.
- Vehicles with nine or more seats
- Motor tricycles - one metre or less wide, and two metres or less long, you're eligible for a 100 per cent discount.
You don't have to pay the Congestion Charge for any of the vehicles below and you do not need to register them.
- Motorbikes - Two-wheeled, side cars are included with this.
- Exempt from vehicle excise duty - Vehicles used by disabled people that are exempt from vehicle excise duty (road tax) under the 'disabled' class.
You only need to pay once, no matter how many times you drive in and out of the charging zone on the time period you paid for. You can pay in advance or on the day of travel, but If you don't pay by midnight on the charging day after you drove in the zone, you'll get a Penalty Charge Notice.