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 +44 343 222 2222), 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.
From 26 October 2020 the LEZ emissions standards for HGVs, vans and other specialist heavy vehicles over 3.5 tonnes (GVW) as well as for buses, minibuses and coaches over 5 tonnes (GVW) will change from Euro IV to Euro VI. These vehicles will need to meet the Euro VI emission standard or pay a daily charge. There will also be new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) safety requirements for heavy goods vehicles over 12 tonnes (GVW). You can check your vehicle and find out about the options to help you prepare at www.tfl.gov.uk/lez
Payment can be made on Transport for London website at www.tfl.gov.uk/lez, on the phone +44 343 222 2222 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