Congestion Charge exemption to be cut from 100g/km to 75g/km, meaning only EVs, plug-in hybrids and range extenders quality
23 April 2013

The threshold for exemption from the London Congestion Charge is to be reduced from 100g/km to 75g/km.

From 1 July only cars and vans that emit less than 75g/km and are Euro V-compliant, or those that are pure electric vehicles, will be exempt from the charge. In a double blow to London’s motorists, the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, revealed a £10 increase in penalty charges - taking the fine up to £130 for late payment.

In a concession to motorists who have purchased a car on the basis of its charge exemption, however, Transport for London is to offer a ‘Sunset Period’ of three years. That means vehicles already registered for the Greener Vehicle Discount will have the waiver transferred to the new Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED), guaranteeing their exemption until 24 June, 2016.

Currently no diesel-powered car or van is eligible for the ULED. TfL claims the move is to tackle the “increasing dieselisation” of vehicles operating in London. It says diesel car sales have grown from 10 per cent to 50 per cent in the last ten years, partly in reaction to low carbon incentives in the capital.

No vehicles that operate solely using a petrol engine will be eligible either. Only plug-in hybrids and range-extended electric vehicles, such as the Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt will be exempt.

In a further announcement, it emerged motorists will no longer be able to pay the Congestion Charge in shops. The mayor’s office said that just six per cent of payments are made in such a way.

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23 April 2013

Revenue raised. Job done. Kerching!

PS: Were manufacturers consulted so they could tailor their future product portfolios to suit or are they finding out at the same time we are. I think I answered my own question.

PPS: If it was a true congestion charge then it should be decided on vehicle length, not emissions. Sub-three metre cars free (i.e. Smart cars). And free parking too while you're at it Mr Johnson. Everyone else pays. The current system sends out mixed messages. Never a good idea.

23 April 2013

I don't think any car should qualify, tt's a congestion charge. EV's take up as much room as a petrol car so contribute equally to congestion. Tax the buggers

 

23 April 2013

The lowest CO2 diesels already come emitting as low as 83g/km. So there is a good chance with a few more tweaks an awful lot of them would still be able to slip under the 75g/km.

A real change could be brought only by developing a new and more practical European driving cycle. The EPA tests in the United States are far more accurate than the defunct EDC.

23 April 2013

Amazed it's taken Boris and TfL so long to move the goalposts to within a gnat's breath of each other ... So it's basically, DON'T drive AT ALL in London and use the over-stretched public transport instead ... Or better still, find some other city to live in ...

24 April 2013

Given that London expects us to pay to go there (and it does one way or another - it sucks up most of Britain's public transport subsidies) shouldn't subsidised attractions be pulled out of the city?

Why should I have to pay London's local government for the privelige of visiting, say, the Victoria and Albert, or the British Museum, or the 'National' Theatre? Put them somewhere with acres of parking and let us drive there.

24 April 2013

Public transport is  cheap and the climate is far milder compared to the rest of the UK, getting in a car is one of the more unpleasant options to get around London, what is also ignored is the congestion charge does not apply to most of London. 

24 April 2013

If he really wants to make driving in the capital unviable for the masses, then he better get investing some serious money into the tube. You want thousands more people to use public transport instead? Make it more pleasant and provide a higher capacity.

24 April 2013

So how are those 6% now going to pay. Over the phone I bet will be the answer, but there are some of us that do not own a mobile phone. Can you do it from a payphone? Do not have access to the web once in London. Is it possible to prepay say the day before from home.

Or is it so they can increase the number of increased fines they can send out.

Or is this another step to say dont come to London for a day out, we dont want you  spending money on shopping and seeing a show.

Oh and anyone like to take a stab at a forecast for Prius sales.

24 April 2013

The idea is that they can't, then they can pay the extra surcharge which I understand is also increasing, what has to remembered is that the authorities are only interested in cash not congestion. What they are aiming at is either the businesses or the wealthy business person that doesn't care about congestion charges, or looked at another way we are finally going to "nail" the working and middle classes from driving in London.

 

24 April 2013

What has this government ever done for motorist except divise more ways to screw you out of your hard earned.?

What have they done to motor manufacturing except drive them overseas? WTF.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

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