Mayor Boris Johnson is considering charging according to what time you enter the zone
17 March 2009

London Mayor Boris Johnson is considering introducing variable rates for the Congestion Charge zone, depending on what time a driver enters it.

Johnson believes that such a system could be used to ease rush hour traffic, with higher prices during these hours persuading people to travel at other times or by alternative means. A similar system has been successful in Stockholm, Sweden.

The mayor has also instructed Transport for London to set up an accounts billing system to make it easier for drivers to pay for entering the charging zone. This could include either direct debit payments or an electronic chip system that picks up a car's entry into the zone.

A TfL spokesman said: 'Since taking office the mayor has made it clear he believes the congestion charge makes a valuable contribution to reducing the number of cars in central London.

'His election manifesto committed to introducing account-based payments to reduce the number of drivers clobbered by fines for failing to pay on the day. And a variation of charges according to the time of day was an option given when consultation took place on removing the western extension.'

Currently drivers entering the congestion charge zone in London at any time between 7am and 6pm on weekdays pay an £8 flat rate on the day of travel, or £10 the day after travel.

The earliest any changes could be introduced is 2010.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out