Official announcement from TFL about London congestion charge

Fri, 15 Feb 2008
The Greater London (Central Zone) Congestion Charging (Variation and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007

On 12 February 2008, following public and stakeholder consultation, the Mayor of London confirmed the Variation and Transitional Provisions Order 2007.

The Mayor of London introduced the Greater London (Central Zone) Congestion Charging Scheme in February 2003. We have proposed a number of variations to the Scheme Order (the legal framework of the scheme) in order to make adjustments and improvements to the scheme and its operation.

From 27 October 2008 we will introduce new CO2 charges designed to:

* Encourage drivers within the charging zone to travel in vehicles which produce lower levels of carbon dioxide (CO2)
* Discourage the use of vehicles with high CO2 emissions

The primary aim of Congestion Charging remains to tackle congestion and encourage drivers to shift from private vehicles to public transport, walking and cycling.

Tackling climate change is a key priority for the Mayor. In order to tackle climate change it is necessary to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases which are emitted, of which CO2 is the most significant.

The majority of cars (around 80 per cent) within the Congestion Charging zone will not be affected by the Variation Order and will continue to pay the £8 standard charge or be eligible to apply for another discount or exemption.

The boundary of the Congestion Charging zone, and charging hours, 7:00 to 18:00 Monday-Friday excluding bank holidays, remain the same.
Key changes

The key changes we will introduce include:

* A 100 per cent low CO2 discount for cars that:
o Produce less than 120g/km CO2 and meet the Euro 4 standard for air pollution emissions or
o Produce no more than 120g/km of CO2, and appear on the PowerShift register

* The introduction of a higher charge (£25) for cars and certain pickups with two rows of seats that produce high levels of CO2.Vehicles liable for this charge are:
o Cars first registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on or after 1 March 2001 that produce above 225g/km of CO2
o Cars first registered with the DVLA before 1 March 2001 with engines greater than 3,000cc
o Pickups with two rows of seats (extended-cab dual-purpose pickups) with CO2 emissions of greater than 225g/km or with engines greater than 3,000cc in size

* The removal of the 90 per cent Residents' Discount from the Congestion Charge for residents who continue to drive cars liable for the CO2 charge

* The closure of the 100 per cent Alternative Fuel Discount (AFD) to new registrations, and the phasing out of the AFD by January 2010

* A change to the NHS reimbursement scheme. We will only reimburse patients travelling in those cars that are liable for the higher charge a maximum of £8, not the full £25

* The introduction of the Euro V incentive - a time-limited reduced Congestion Charge of £6 for lorries and heavier vans that meet the Euro V standard for air pollution emissions.

We have made further changes to the way congestion charging operates. Please see the Congestion Charging - new charging structure for further information at www.tfl.gov.uk

There are a number of ways to find out the CO2 emissions level or engine capacity of your car. For cars registered with the DVLA on or after 1 March 2001, check the vehicle's V5C registration document for its CO2 emissions level.

If your car was registered with the DVLA before 1 March 2001, the registration document will show its engine size (CO2 emission level information is not available for cars first registered with the DVLA before 1 March 2001). If you are considering buying a new car, you can check the emissions level at www.vcacarfueldata.org.uk

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