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London congestion charge – how to pay and what happens if you don’t


NEW residents living in London’s Congestion Charge zone can’t get a 90 per cent discount under changed fees from August 1, warns Transport for London (TfL).

So, how do you pay the increased C-Charge to drive through inner London, and will you be fined for flouting rules?

Congestion charges are helping to tackle air pollution, say officials

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Congestion charges are helping to tackle air pollution, say officialsCredit: Alamy

How do you pay for London’s Congestion Charge?

Drivers only need to pay once, no matter how many times you drive in and out of the capital’s Congestion Charge zone on the same day.

You can pay in advance, on the day of travel or by midnight of the third charging day after travel.

The daily charge is now £15 if you pay in advance or on the same day, or £17.50 by midnight of the third charging day after travel.

You can pay the C-Charge in several ways.

But, it’s quickest and easiest if you set up Auto Pay, where drivers are billed automatically for the number of charging days your vehicle travels within the C-Charge area.

Alternatively, you can pay online, or use the TfL Pay to drive in London app.

TfL warns, “don’t pay through unofficial websites which may mislead you.

“You should always pay the Congestion Charge with us on our secure online system”.

Above: the Congestion Charge zone in London

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Above: the Congestion Charge zone in LondonCredit: TfL

What happens if you don’t pay the C-Charge?

If you don’t pay by midnight on the third charging day after you drove in the zone, you’ll get a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £160, which will be reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days.

TfL warns: “If we record and capture an image of your vehicle in the zone and our records show you’ve not paid the daily charge by midnight on the third charging day following it, we will issue a PCN to the registered keeper of the vehicle.”

The congestion zone charge in London has temporarily jumped by £3.50 per day – an extra 30 per cent.

The Congestion charge applies seven days a week

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The Congestion charge applies seven days a weekCredit: Getty Images – Getty

From June 22, the charge has risen from £11.50 to £15 and the hours the fee applies have been extended.

You need to pay a £15 daily charge if you drive within the Congestion Charge zone in the capital from 7am till 10pm, every day, seven days a week, except Christmas Day.

Shaheen Mamun, a solicitor and director at Black Antelope Law, Bloomsbury, London, has threatened to sue the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, over the extension of the capital’s C-Charge.

Mamun sent the mayor a pre-action protocol letter, alleging that the mayor had failed to carry out a proper consultation.

But Transport for London said the temporarily increased fee was introduced under the terms of its £1.6 billion bailout by the Government.

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