LONDON CONGESTION CHARGE

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LONDON CONGESTION CHARGE

Pay for the London Congestion Charge in seconds. Download the app and pay in two taps.

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Pay the London Congestion Charge with Caura

Sometimes driving into central London can’t be avoided. It might be a last minute meeting or a family trip to a see a West End Show.

If you plan to drive in the zone, pay the London Congestion Charge with Caura before you set off. Open the app, head to city charges and select London Congestion Charge. Pick the day, and pay. Done.

Forget about penalty charges and keep things easy, save your time and money for the things you’d rather spend them on.

What is the London Congestion Charge?

The aim of this charge is simple – to reduce traffic volume and air pollution in central London, improving the flow of traffic and making the city air safer for everyone who breathes it.

London’s Congestion Charge was introduced in 2003.  Since then, traffic in the zone has dropped by 27% according to TfL, with 80,000 fewer cars entering the charging zone each day.

London isn’t the first city to do this. Back in 1975, Singapore started to fine people for driving at busy times. Since then, other major cities around the world –  including Stockholm, Milan, and Copenhagen – have introduced a congestion charge.

London Congestion Charge

What you need to know

It's a daily charge, drivers entering the charging zone during operating hours need to pay once for each day. You can drive in and out multiple times per day, for one single payment.

London Congestion Charge times

The London Congestion Charge operates from 7am to 6pm on weekdays, and 12pm to 6pm on weekends. It’s free on Christmas Day. Cheers to that.

How much is the London Congestion Charge?

Daily charges, payable on each occasion:

  • £15 on the day before or the day of travel
  • £17.50 if you pay the day after travel

Fines for the London Congestion Charge

If you don’t pay the charge within three days of driving in the zone then you’ll be sent a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). This is a £160 fine, payable within 28 days. It will be reduced to £80 if you pay within 14 days.

If you don’t pay the fine within 28 days,TfL issues a Charge Certificate for 50% more than the original fine. This will increase the fine to £240!

London Congestion Charge exemptions

There are exceptions, and some vehicles will be exempt from paying the Congestion Charge.

Drivers of zero emission vehicles (i.e. electric cars) are fully exempt. Residents of the Congestion Charge zone can apply for a 90% discount for their vehicle, motorbikes are fully exempt, and Blue Badge holders are fully exempt if the vehicle has been registered accordingly. See more exemptions here (LINK)

If you’re not in these categories you will have to pay if you drive into the Congestion Charge Zone between 7am and 6pm on weekdays, and 12pm to 6pm on weekends.

Congestion Charge alternatives

The purpose of the charge is to reduce volume of traffic in Central London, and TfL has increased investment in public transport and cycle routes to support this. If you want to avoid the charge your options are -

  • Take the tube or bus, or walk
  • Ride a bike, either your own or one of the many shared bike options (e.g. Santander bikes)
  • Switch to a fully electric car
  • Swap the car for a motorbike or scooter
  • Ride share with friend, to reduce the cost

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Top section of the City Charges screen of the Caura app

London Congestion Charge

How much of London does the zone cover?

The Congestion Charge Zone covers most of Central London, roughly a 21 sq km area.

Some of the popular areas within the zone:

  • St. James's
  • St. Pancras
  • Euston
  • Barbican
  • Waterloo
  • Borough
  • City of London
  • Clerkenwell
  • Covent Garden
  • Fitzrovia
  • Charing Cross
  • London Bridge
  • Holborn
  • Finsbury
  • Bloomsbury
  • Soho
  • Mayfair
  • Westminster
  • Parts of Marylebone, Lambeth and Southwark
map of london congestion zone and the road sign

How do I know if I’ve driven into the London Congestion Zone?

There are signs around the perimeter of the zone, and additional signs warn you in plenty of time as you approach the zone.

This is all managed by cameras that scan vehicle number plates and capture your vehicle details, there are no physical barriers and the zone itself is only marked by road signs.

Pay the Congestion Charge with Caura

Caura is the fastest and easiest way to pay the London Congestion Charge. Two taps and you’re done, Congestion Charge paid with no additional service charge or fees.

Downloading the app and getting your car set-up takes a second, then you can benefit from having all your car admin in one place, with quick access to payment receipts in the app.

Automate payments with Caura AutoPay

If you’re a regular in the Congestion Charge zone, you can set up AutoPay directly on Caura. It only costs £10 to set-up (this fee is paid directly to TfL on your behalf), then Caura will charge you automatically each time you drive in the zone.

Caura is the only app you need

Depending on where you go and what kind of car you drive, you may also need to pay the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge or other Clean Air Zone charges.

With Caura, you can pay London’s Congestion Charge and ULEZ charge in one single transaction, and Caura AutoPay covers the ULEZ charge too.

Deal with all payments on Caura and don’t waste time on multiple websites. Stash all the receipts in the app, just in case you need to check back.

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