You can pay up to 90 days in advance. So, for example, you could pay for one day, three days, a week, two weeks, a month or a year. If you pay monthly or annually there are discounts available, and you can claim refunds in certain circumstances.
Congestion Charging Auto Pay is an automated payment system. The system will automatically record the number of charging days a vehicle travels within the charging zone each month and bill your debit or credit card each month.
You can pay before or after the journey on the day of travel
You can only pay this charge via the website or the call centre. If you travel on a Friday you have until midnight on the following Monday to pay
Important note: If you fail to pay the charge by midnight on the following charging day you will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.
You can pay the congestion charge in a number of ways:
Some categories of vehicles qualify for a 100% Congestion Charge discount. The cars not paying the congestion charge:
To qualify for this discount your vehicle must be powered by an alternative fuel, bi fuel or dual fuel, and not solely by petrol or diesel. It must also meet strict emissions criteria. Hybrid Cars such as Toyata Prius, Estima, Previa, Lexus RX400 and the Honda Civic are not paying the congestion charge. LPG vehicles enter the congestion charge for free.
To qualify for this discount your vehicle must be registered with the Driver Licensing and Vehicle Agency (DVLA) and have a fuel type of 'electric'. You can check this on the V5C registration document sent to you by the DVLA. You can buy second hand electric car here. Or get in touch with Goingreen or NICE car company. Westminster council is currently offering FREE parking and you can also recharge your batteries for free.
If you drive a motor tricycle of one metre or less in width, and two metres or less in length, you are eligible for a 100 per cent discount.
To register for the discount you need to apply in writing and enclose photographs of the vehicle (front, back and side) showing the VRM, along with a copy of their V5C and a £10 registration charge.
This letter should be marked 'Private and Confidential' and sent to Transport for London, Congestion Charging, PO Box 2982, Coventry CV7 8WR.
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