Vehicles which drive within a clearly defined zone of central London between the hours of 07:00-22:00, every day, except Christmas Day (25 December) have to pay a daily Congestion Charge. The daily charge is GBP 15.00 if you pay in advance or on the same day, or GBP 17.50 by midnight of the third 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 15.00 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.
Vehicles need to meet the different emission standards for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) based on their vehicle type, and the type of emission.
To see if your vehicle meets the standard, use TfL’s vehicle checker.
Or see which locations fall within the ULEZ zone with our postcode checker.
If you drive a vehicle that doesn't meet the ULEZ standards within the central London area and the daily charge is not paid, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued to the registered keeper. This penalty is in addition to any Congestion Charge or Low Emission Zone penalties received.
What are the standards?
We would prefer that you use a vehicle that meets the emissions standards rather than pay a daily charge.
Euro standards - which first appeared in 1992 - are a range of emissions controls that set limits for air polluting nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) from engines. New vehicles and road vehicle engines must show that they meet these limits to be approved for sale.
The ULEZ standards are
Euro 3 became mandatory for all new motorcycles in 2007
Vehicles need to meet the different emission standards for the ULEZ based on their vehicle type, and the type of emission. Euro 4 became mandatory for all new cars in 2005 and light vans in 2006
Euro 6 became mandatory for all new heavy duty engines for goods vehicles and buses from January 2014, September 2015 for cars and light vans, and September 2016 for larger vans up to and including 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight.
Find out more about ULEZ emission standards, daily charges and penalty charges, plus information on how to avoid having to pay the charge for:
Your vehicle registration document will help identify your vehicle's Euro emission standard.
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|
Operators of affected vehicles registered outside of Great Britain including trucks, buses, coaches, large vans, minibuses and other specialized vehicles will have to register their vehicles by post or email with Transport for London (TfL) if they meet the required emissions standards in order to drive within the LEZ without paying a daily charge.
For further information regarding registration and the LEZ scheme in general please use the drop down menu.
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