Congestion charge  

The central London congestion charge, a £8.00 daily charge for driving or parking a vehicle on public roads in the congestion charging zone.

The boundary of the central London congestion charging zone is formed by the 'Inner Ring Road'. It links Euston Road, Pentonville Road, Tower Bridge, Elephant & Castle, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Park Lane and Marylebone Road.

Payment of the daily charge of £8 allows you to enter, drive around and leave the charging zone as many times as you wish in one day.

The congestion charge apply from 7.OOam to 6.3Opm, Monday to Friday. Evenings. weekends and public holidays are free.

When to pay?

You can pay the £8 charge in advance or after travelling within the charging zone, so long as you pay till 10.00pm on the day of travel (£10.00 between 10.00 pm and midnight).

Where to pay?

- retail outlets and patrol stations - newsagents, convenience stores, patrol stations where you see
  the congestion charging sign or the PayPoint logo.

- self service machines - in many major car parks within the charging zone.
- online - follow the links at
- phone - call on 0845 900 1234
- mobile phone text message - register for the text message payment method either online at or by phone on 0845 900 1234
- post - the 'Paying the congestion charge' form can be obtained by writing to
  Congestion Charging, PO Box 2985, Coventry CV7 8ZR or by calling 0845 900 1234.

What happens if you fail to pay?

An £80 Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be sent to the registered keeper of vehicle, this will be reduced to £40 if paid within 14 days.
After 28 days: the penalty increases to £120.
After three or more outstanding congestion charging PCNs: the vehicle may be damped or removed. It wilt be released on payment of all outstanding charges and related costs.

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