Congestion charge and Ultra Low Emmission Zone
It costs £11.50 a day to drive into the Congestion Charging Zone between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday if you pay in advance or on the same day (or £14 if you pay the following day). However, residents, blue badge holders and some vehicles including electric ones are entitled to a discount or exemption. If you live in or drive in the zone regularly, it is worth getting a weekly, monthly or annual ticket which will give substantial discounts.
Congestion Charging Auto Pay is an automated payment system which records the days you enter the zone and charges you accordingly monthly. If you register for this with TfL, you will not have to remember to pay every time, thereby reducing the likelihood of a fine and this also means you will only pay £10.50 per day, a discount of almost 10%.
Ultra Low Emission Zone
In April 2019 Transport for London introduced the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) for vehicles travelling in central London. A map of the area where the charge applies can be found here. It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days of the year. Vehicles that exceed the emissions criteria for the zone will be charged a daily rate of £12.50. On some heavier vehicles, such as lorries over 3.5 tonnes and buses over 5 tonnes, a charge of £100 will apply. Please be aware that the daily rate operates from midnight to midnight and not from the time from when it was purchased.
You can check if your vehicle is required to pay the ULEZ charge by entering you vehicle registration number on TfL’s website.
In October 2021 it has been proposed to expand the ULEZ zone to cover an area inside of the North and South Circular Roads. A map of this can be found on TfL’s website.