Congestion Charge – have your say!

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Have your say on proposed changes to the Congestion Charge

London’s Congestion Charge, when it was first introduced in 2003, was a huge success.  There was a 15 per cent reduction in traffic in the Congestion Charge zone, which led to a 30 per cent reduction in congestion, as well as improvements in air quality.  We have found that average delays within the zone have been increasing, in part because there are an increasing number of vehicles entering the zone which are exempt from the charge or which receive a 100 per cent discount to it.

We believe that it is necessary to make two changes to the discounts and exemptions available for the Congestion Charge.  These changes are as follows, and are designed to reduce traffic and congestion and help improve air quality:

  • Replacing the Ultra Low Emission Discount with a new phased Cleaner Vehicle Discount
  • Removing the exemption to the Congestion Charge for Private Hire Vehicles

Also proposed are some minor additional changes to the scheme, including amending the boundary of the zone at the Old Street roundabout, to reflect planned improvements there.

For further details and to reply, please see

You can also submit your thoughts in writing to or FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.

The closing date for comments is Friday 28 September 2018.  At the close of consultation we will collate all of the responses we receive into a report for the Mayor, who will decide how to proceed.

Alex Williams

Director of City Planning

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