The London Congestion Charge is a fee for motorists travelling within a region of central London known as the London Congestion Zone. Currently a payment of £8 is to be made to Transport for London for each vehicle travelling within the LCZ between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

On January 4th 2011 there are going to be adjustments made to the congestion charging scheme.

  • If a driver of a vehicle that emits 100g/km CO2 or less registers and pays an annual £10 payment then they can enter the congestion charge zone free of charge.
  • If you have registered an alternative fuelled vehicle before 24 December 2010 then you will be eligible for the same 100 percent discount until December 2012. After which the alternative fuel discount scheme will cease.
  • Plug in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) will be eligible for the 100 percent electric vehicle discount.
  • Congestion charge increases to £10 if paid on or in advance of the day of travel.
  • Using licence plate recognition cameras in the congestion charge zone a new Congestion Charging Auto Pay (CC Auto Pay) facility will be introduced. Those registered for CC Auto Pay will be charged to a credit or debit card at a slightly reduced rate of £9 a day. The number of days a vehicle enters the congestion zone over a month will be counted and will automatically be charged at the end of every month.


If you visit London by car then the most obvious way to reduce the congestion charge impact is to drive a low emission, sub 100g/km CO2 vehicle. We have put together a page of all vehicles eligible for 100 percent London Congestion Charge discount. The page will automatically update as new vehicles meet the criteria, so keep checking back.