LONDON drivers are being hit with increased congestion charges that came into effect on December 20, adding further costs to small businesses using cars and vans in the city.
Transport for London (TfL) has increased daily charges in the city’s Congestion Zone to £15 per day. The period from Saturday 25 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 (inclusive) will not be charged. TfL has also removed the Auto Pay and Fleet Auto Pay discount.
Some good news that should increase flexibility for deliveries is that there will be no congestion charge after 6pm from 21 February 2022. Operating hours on weekends and bank holidays will also be reduced from 12pm to 6pm. Congestion Zone operating hours are 07:00-18:00 on weekdays and 12:00-18:00 on weekends and Bank Holidays. More information is available on the TfL website.
The current charge level of £15 will be retained after it was raised from £11.50 during the pandemic. TfL is reopening the 90 per cent residents’ discount for all eligible residents. The delayed payment charge will be £17.50 and the deadline will be extended to three days after the day of travel.