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Congestion Charge Central London
Remember the £8 Congestion Charge if you are planning to drive in Central London!
What is the Congestion Charge?
Congestion charge is £8 daily to help get London moving. It reduces traffic, making journeys and delivery times more reliable and raises millions each week to re-invest in London's transport system.
Congestion charge is way of ensuring that people who are using valuable and congested road space make a financial contribution. Congestion charge encourages the use of other modes of transport and is also intended to ensure that, for those who have to use the roads, journey times are quicker. The London scheme requires drivers to pay £5 per day if they wish to continue driving in central London during scheme's hours of operation. If it is not necessary to make your journey by car you might want to consider alternative forms of transport.
Why was the Congestion Charge Introduced?
The congestion charge was introduced because Londoners say congestion is one of the biggest issues facing the capital. Surveys have shown that Londoners do not want to see congestion clogging up roads, threatening businesses and damaging London's status as a thriving world city. That is why the Mayor included proposals for a scheme to reduce congestion in his election manifesto, along with other key proposals for a properly integrated transport system for London.
As part of the Mayor's Transport Strategy, congestion charging will also be accompanied by a wide range of measures to make public transport easier, cheaper, faster and more reliable.
What benefits does the Congestion Charge bring to the public?
London Transport is bringing in extra buses to the capital's streets, introducing more routes and improving the frequency and reliability of the routes. It has also set aside £100 million for traffic management schemes to benefit drivers and residents across the whole capital, introduced complementary to congestion charging.
By law, all money raised from congestion charge will be added to what is already being spent on London's transport facilities - so that it benefits everyone.
When and how to pay the Congestion Charge
You can pay the congestion charge either in advance or on the day of travel before, during or after journey. You have to pay the congestion charge by 10pm on the day of travel. An additional £5 surcharge will apply if you pay from 10pm until midnight on the day of ravel. This encourages early payment.
At midnight, images of all the vehicles that have been in the congestion charge zone are checked against the vehicle registration numbers of vehicles that have paid their congestion charge for that day. The computer keeps the registration numbers of vehicles that should have paid but have not done so. A Penalty charge Notice will be issued to the registered keeper of the vehicle.
Under certain circumstances, for example, if you have paid your congestion charge for a whole year in advance, but then sell your vehicle, you are entitled to a refund for the days that you have not used. Not all drivers have to pay the central London congestion charge.
Does everyone pay the Congestion Charge?
There are a range of exemptions and discounts available to certain drivers and certain categories of vehicles and individuals:
- Disabled people
- Residents living within congestion charge zone
- Drivers of alternative fuel vehicles
- Vehicles with 9 or more seats
- Drivers of roadside recovery vehicles
- Accredited breakdown organisations
The congestion charge does not apply at weekends. But if your status does not apply to any of those described above and you want to drive into central London Monday to Friday between 7am and 6.30pm you have to pay the £5 congestion charge.
Luckily Georgian House Hotel is located outside congestion charge zone. The hotel will offer you excellent facilities for a reasonable price, delicious English breakfast and an ideal location not for a variety of tourist attractions.
To pay Congestion Charge online please visit: www.cclondon.com
For more informatin on Congestion Charge News please visit - www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/politics/congestion.html
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