Vehicles which drive within a clearly defined zone of central London between the hours of 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday, excluding weekends and public holidays have to pay an GBP 11.50 daily Congestion Charge or GBP 14.00 if the charge is paid on the first charging day after travel.
The Congestion Charge can be purchased in several ways. These include, by telephone through the call centre on 0343 222 2222 (international callers +44 20 7649 9122), online at www.cclondon.com, by SMS text messaging (if registered with TfL) or by post.
One can also use an automated method of payment for the Congestion Charge. This is called Congestion Charging Auto Pay (CC Auto Pay) and allows account holders to be billed automatically for days travelled each month. The daily charge is GBP 10.50. Up to five vehicles can be registered for CC Auto Pay at www.tfl.gov.uk. It costs GBP 10 per vehicle to register per year.
The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) covers most of Greater London and operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It was introduced in 2008 to encourage the most polluting heavy diesel vehicles in the Capital to become cleaner.
A daily charge must be paid for each day the vehicle is driven within the LEZ zone and does not meet the required emissions standards.
Payment can be made on Transport for London website at www.tfl.gov.uk/lez, on the phone +44 (0) 207 310 8998 or by post.
|Lorries, motor caravans and horseboxes||More than 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight||GBP 200|
|Buses and coaches||More than 5 tonnes gross vehicle weight|
|Large vans and horseboxes||Between 1.205 unladen and 3.5 tonnes|
|Motor caravans||Between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes||GBP 100|
|Minibuses||5 tonnes or less gross vehicle weight|
You can no longer pay to use the Dartford Crossing at the barriers. Instead you need to pay Dart Charge in advance or by midnight the following day. Dartford Crossing applies between 6am and 10pm.
You can get a discount on every crossing by setting up a pre-pay account. Alternatively you can make one-off payments online, by phone, at Payzone retail outlets or in advance by post. More information can be found on www.gov.uk/dart-charge