What's happening to the London Congestion Charge during the coronavirus outbreak?

If you have to drive into London for essential work during the Covid-19 pandemic, do you still have to pay the Congestion Charge?...

Nissan Leaf in the congestion charge zone

The daily charges for London’s Congestion Zone and the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) have been temporarily suspended from Monday 23 March to support critical workers. The usual daily rates are £11.50 for the Congestion Charge and £12.50 for the ULEZ fee. 

The suspension has been introduced for lorries and vans as well as cars, and it remains in place “until further notice”.

Transport for London has also given all NHS staff free access to the capital’s Santander Cycles. 

In introducing the removal of the charges, London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really have to. London's roads should now only be used for essential journeys. 

“This is not an invitation to take to your cars. To save lives we need the roads clear for ambulances, doctors, nurses and other critical workers. This is an unprecedented time and I know Londoners are doing everything they can to look after each other. 

“I continue to urge all Londoners to follow the advice of public health authorities and not leave their homes unless it is absolutely essential.”