Suspension of Congestion Charge and Low Emissions Zones in London
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Due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the steadily increasing incidence of infectious COVID-19 disease in the United Kingdom, the authorities have decided to temporarily suspend charges for entry into London’s paid zones and both Low Emission Zones.
In accordance with the Transport for London press release issued on 20 March 2020, the collection of charges for entry into the Congestion Zone and both the Low Emission Zone and the Ultra Low Emission Zone was temporarily suspended by decision of Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
The decision entered into force on 23 March 2020 and will remain in force until further notice. It is justified by the need to ensure the free movement of the most essential workers in London at this point in time – above all those working in the health sector. It is also aimed at maintaining the continuity of the supply chain and supply of shops in London.
The authorities in London are calling on everyone to limit social contact and travel only when absolutely necessary. The Mayor of London also calls on drivers to be careful when using public roads, given that they must be accessible to medical and other staff who are critical at this time for their professional activities.
Just to remind you:
The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) applies to transport in almost the entire city of London. For several years now, high administrative penalties can be imposed in the event of failure to comply with the obligations set by the UK authorities. A new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has been in operation since 8 April 2019, replacing the London T-Charge paid zone and imposing higher environmental standards. Both zones are in force around the clock.
Congestion Charge – a charge to enter central London. Introduced in 2003, it is still in force today and is normally £11.50 per day of driving in the Congestion Charging Zone. The introduction of a paid zone in London was intended to reduce traffic jams in the city during peak hours.
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