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Congestion ChargeAs the London Congestion Charge will be increasing from June 16th, we thought we would do a little roundup of essential tips for those who drive through London.

The new Congestion Charge is currently being fought by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) on account of the increase being a tax on business, but the rise will still take effect from Monday June 16th rising from £10 to £11.50, while the fleet user charge goes from £9 to £10.50.

Essential tips

  • The Congestion Charge zone operates Monday to Friday from 07:00 – 18:00 excluding December 25th – January 1st. Charges do not apply on public holidays.
  • If your fleet includes six or more vehicles you can register for Fleet Auto Pay, which is a cheaper and quicker way of paying the Congestion Charge.
  • The most common reason for Transport for London (TfL) to issue a penalty charge is for drivers stopping on a red route. For more information on red route regulations, visit TfL.
  • Talk to the customers you will be delivering to before you start your journey. They may have invaluable advice about where you are allowed to park that could save you money.
  • Cycling is very popular in London and not all areas have cycling provisions in place. Here is a list of some of the junctions considered very dangerous for cyclists and worth taking note for those driving in these areas.

A recent survey looking into the London Lorry Control Scheme—run by London Councils to control congestion and noise pollution at night-time and the weekends—has found that 71% of the hauliers surveyed are more stressed about driving in London than two years ago. The London Lorry Control Scheme survey, carried out by PIE Mapping, put this increased level of stress down to a frustration with congestion in normal working hours, and a lack of awareness of the rules for driving at the weekend and at night-time.

Check out this page of the TfL site for more information on the rules for weekend and night-time driving in London.

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