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Congestion charge and ULEZ suspended

Date: 23 March 2020   |   Author: Illya Verpraet

Transport for London (TfL) has announced it is suspending all road user charging schemes until further notice to help critical workers.

From today, no congestion charge or ULEZ needs to be paid to drive into the capital. The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, took this decision to help critical workers travel around the city as easily as possible, especially now that a lot of tube services have been reduced.

Mayor 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. To help our critical workers get to work and for essential deliveries to take place, I have instructed TfL to temporarily suspend the congestion charge, ULEZ and low emission zone from Monday. 

"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."

Paul Cowperthwaite, TfL's general manager of road user charging, said: "What we are seeing through this crisis is that London's critical workforce is wider than just the core emergency services.

"Emergency services workers are absolutely fundamental to our response, but supermarket workers, utilities engineers, refuse collectors, and many more, also need to be able to travel to keep the city functioning. This is why we have temporarily suspended road user charging in the capital."