Are electric, hybrid & eco cars congestion charge exempt?
The congestion charge in the city of London was launched to reduce the number of vehicles being used in the city in a bid to help pollution congestion and improve the uptake of alternative fuel vehicles and the use of public transport.
The congestion charge is an £11.50 daily charge for driving a vehicle within the charge zone between the hours of 7 AM and 6 PM Monday to Friday. The charge is payable by registering for the congestion charge auto pay.
The Greener Vehicle Discount (GVD), and the Electrically Propelled vehicle Discount (EVD) have now closed to new registrations. Cars or vans under 3 ½ tons gross weight, with emissions of CO2 under 75 g per kilometre, and that meet the Euro Five standards for air quality, are eligible for 100% discount of the congestion charge, i.e. congestion charge FREE.
The CO2 emissions of your vehicle can be checked on your V5C registration documents from the DVLA. Alternatively if your vehicle is classed as a plug-in hybrid all electric vehicle and features on the list of governments PHEV’s or OLEV grant, then it is also congestion charge FREE, follow this link to find an up to date list of exempt vehicles.
To apply for the ultralow emissions discounts, you have to pay a registration fee of £10 for each vehicle the discount is to be applied. The application will have to be renewed annually for which a renewal form will be sent out.
London offers a Citywide electric vehicle charging network owners of electric vehicles can register to use source London, click the following link for additional charging networks.
Electric, hybrid and eco vehicles also benefit from other government incentives find out more today.