London Congestion Charge fines rise to £160

The penalty fee for non-payment of the Congestion Charge has gone up by £30, and the cost of other fines will rise to £160 later in 2018...

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Claire Evans
05 January 2018

It’s now costlier than ever if you forget to pay the London Congestion Charge within the allotted time. Transport for London (TfL) has raised the fixed fee Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) fine from £130 to £160, or £80 instead of the previous reduced fee of £65, if it’s paid within 14 days.

At the same time as announcing this increase, the Mayor of London stated that, subject to a review by the Secretary of State, the penalty charge notice fines for other offences would also rise to £160 later this year.

So if you stop on a yellow box junction, drive in a bus lane or park illegally, you’ll also be slapped with a £160 fine. The increased fines apply to offences on London’s red routes, which are enforced by TfL rather than local authorities. However, it’s expected that councils will increase their fixed penalty notices to the same level. There are also concerns that the councils outside of the Capital will also increase PCNs.

London Congestion Charge fines rise to £160

TfL stated that the reason for the increase in the fine was to encourage greater compliance and improve traffic flow. A spokesperson commented: "The Congestion Charge has played an important role in reducing the number of vehicles in central London, and fines for not paying the charge encourage drivers to be compliant. But in the past five years there has been a 12% increase in the number of motorists being issued with Congestion Charge PCNs.

"The rise from around 1.3 million in 2011/12 to around 1.5 million in 2016/17 is a clear indicator that the effectiveness of the current PCN fine has reduced over time. The new PCN level will help improve compliance and also encourage people to consider cheaper and more active alternative forms of travel."

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London Congestion Charge fines rise to £160

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9. Nissan Leaf

London Congestion Charge fines rise to £160

One of the more affordable electric models on sale, the Leaf is about the same size as a Vauxhall Astra and similarly easy to drive. There are two battery options to choose from: a 24kWh that allows a theoretical range between charges of 124 miles, and a 30kWh that extends this to 155 miles. The latter is only available on the more expensive trim levels, though.

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8. Toyota Mirai

London Congestion Charge fines rise to £160

The Mirai is a hydrogen-fuelled car, which means that you'll need to fill it up with hydrogen at specially chosen filling stations, of which there are currently very few. It's powered by a single 152bhp electric motor and can travel for up to 400 miles between refills. We found it to be quiet and well controlled, but at around £66,000 it's certainly pricey, and with limited volumes coming to the UK it's likely to be a very rare sight.

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