If you regularly drive in London – and use the Congestion charging zone – there’s good news and bad.

First, after Christmas Eve, the zone shrinks. The western end of the zone, covering Kensington, Bayswater, Pimlico and Belgravia, is removed – halving the zone’s size. There are also no charges at all to pay between Christmas Day and January 3.

However, from January 4 the standard daily charge rises from £8 to £10, providing you pay in advance or on the day you use the zone. If you leave it until the next day, the fee rises from the previous £10 to £12.

A new system where fees are automatically deducted from your credit or debit card begins on January 4 and is cheaper, costing £9 per day. Registering for this scheme costs £10 a year, however.

Last year the charge raised £148m which, by law, is spent only on improving the capital’s transport systems.

Stephen Jury


December 21, 2010

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