Changes proposed to Congestion Charge to reduce traffic and improve air quality

TfL last week launched a public consultation on measures to reduce traffic and improve air quality in central London.

The new proposals would see the exemption from the Congestion Charge for private hire vehicles (PHVs) removed and the introduction of a new Cleaner Vehicle Discount to replace the Ultra Low Emission Discount.

It is proposed that these changes would take effect from 8 April 2019, and by ensuring that the emission standard for those receiving a full discount are tighter than the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), would help to further drive demand for the greenest vehicles.

Clean up the capital

Since the Congestion Charge launched fifteen years ago, the number of vehicles entering the zone every day has decreased by around 30%.

However, over the same period, the number of different PHVs entering the zone in charging hours has gone from an expected 4,000 a day, to more than 18,000, with knock on impacts on air pollution and congestion in central London.

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