Do I still have to pay the London Congestion Charge during the coronavirus outbreak?

London's Congestion Charge was suspended for two months during the Covid-19 pandemic, but it's returning today and prices will be rising...

Nissan Leaf in the congestion charge zone

The daily charges for London’s Congestion Zone and the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) were temporarily suspended from Monday 23 March to support key workers.

However, the fees are being reintroduced from today (18 May), so you'll have to pay £11.50 a day for the Congestion Charge and £12.50 for the ULEZ fee. 

From 22 June, the Congestion Charge is also being increased by 30% to £15 a day to help recoup revenue that's been lost during the coronavirus lockdown.

The operating hours for the Congestion Charge will be extended from June, too. It will be payable for all vehicles entering the zone between 7am and 10pm, instead of ending at 6pm, and it will be payable at weekends, not just on weekdays.  

Public transport fares will increase by 1% above inflation in January 2021 to make up for lost revenue, which is believed will total around £2 billion by the end of the financial year. 

At present, Transport for London is still offering NHS staff free use of Santander Cycles for journeys of 30 minutes or less around the capital.