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Rise in London congestion charge likely for 2011

The London congestion charge is likely to be raised to £10 a day in the New Year.

Fleets that register under the Fleet Auto Pay system will still get a £1 discount, which corresponds to a £2 per vehicle per day increase.

The plans also include scrapping the western extension to the charging zone by Christmas.

Fleet News (May 27) has highlighted the major problems fleets are experiencing trying to register their cars on the auto pay system.

It also highlighted how fleets are receiving multiple fines that should never have been issued for cars that have either been removed from the system by mistake or have been duplicated on the system.

Now it is proposed that fleet operators registered with the troubled system will face a daily charge up from £7 to £9 per vehicle. However, the minimum number of vehicles on the fleet account will be decreased to six from 10.

The plans also include widening the eligibility criteria for the electric vehicle discount to include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

In addition a greener vehicle discount would provide a 100% discount to cars that emit 100g/km of CO2 or less. 

The current Alternative Fuel Discount, which provides a 100% discount to some vehicles that are powered by an alternative fuels, will be closed to new registrations from 24 December.

Transport for London said the scheme has been “outpaced by technological developments”. This means that some new vehicles that do not qualify for the discount have better environmental performance than some vehicles that do qualify.

More information on the consultation, including the supporting documents, are available from TfL's website at www.cclondon.com.

A public consultation is now underway on the proposed changes. It ends on August 4.


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