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Ultra Low Emission Zone – ULEZ-Charge
Low Emission Zone – LEZ charge (mainly for lorries and buses)
Drartford Charge (bridge/tunnel)
Cameras in London
Parking in London, Street parking, secured car parks, resident and visitor permits.
If you are driving a vehicle within the charging zone anytime between 7am – 10pm Monday to Sunday, you need to pay a daily Congestion charge.
The charge is £15 if you pay it in advance or on the day. £17.50 if paid by midnight the third charging day. If you drive into the Congestion Charge zone on a Friday you have until midnight on the following Monday to pay the £17.50 charge. See payment options below.
You only need to pay once per day and you can drive in and out of the Congestion Charge zone as many times as you need to on the same day. You also need to pay ULEZ and LEZ Charges on the top of the Congestion Charge if your vehicle does not meet the zone criteria. See below.
If you do not pay by midnight on the third charging day after driving within the zone, you will receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £160 which is reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days.
Motorbikes, mopeds and scooters are exempt from the Congestion Charge.
If your car or van is electric, plug-in hybrid or emits 75g/km or less of CO2 this meets the Euro 6 standard and you will get discount on the Congestion Charge. You can check the CO2 emissions of your car on your V5C registration document.
Check if you need to pay any charge here Check your vehicle.
The Ultra Low Emission Zone – ULEZ Charge operates in the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone, midnight to midnight, Monday to Sunday (all day, every day).
You need to pay ULEZ charge if you drive into the zone at any time of the day, any day of the week and your vehicle does not meet the Ultra Low emission zone criteria. Check if you need to pay any charge here Check your vehicle.
The ULEZ Charge is £12.50 per day on the top of the congestion charge, for cars, motorcycles and smaller vans.
Daily ULEZ Charge is £100 for lorries, buses and heavier vehicles.
You only need to pay once per day ( a day between midnight to midnight) and you can drive in and out of the ULEZ Charge zone as many times as you need to on the same day. If you drive into the zone before midnight and leave the zone after midnight, you will need to pay for two separate days.
If you do not pay by midnight of the third charging day after driving in the zone, you will receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £160 which is reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days.
Pay Congestion Charge, ULEZ, LEZ Charge
- via official TfL Pay to drive official app
- online Pay to drive in London
- Congestion, ULEZ, LEZ Charge Auto Pay. It costs £10 to register a vehicle. You can register at Auto Pay.
- Pay by phone 0343 222 2222 or 020 7649 9122 Monday to Friday: 08:00-20:00 Closed on weekends and bank holidays.
The Low Emission Zone – LEZ Charge operates across Greater London area within M25 motorway, midnight to midnight, Monday to Sunday (all day, every day). LEZ map.
You need to pay LEZ charge if you drive into the zone at any time of the day, any day of the week and your vehicle does not meet the Low Emission Zone criteria, that generally applies to larger diesel vehicles. Check if you need to pay any charge here Check your vehicle.
The LEZ Charge is £100 per day for heavier vans and minibuses. Daily LEZ Charge is £200 for lorries, buses and heavy vehicles. This is on the top of the Congestion Charge and ULEZ Charge.
You only need to pay once per day (a day between midnight to midnight) and you can drive in and out of the LEZ Charge zone as many times as you need to on the same day. If you drive into the zone before midnight and leave the zone after midnight, you will need to pay for two separate days.
You can pay in advance up to 90 days before entering the zone or you can pay by midnight of the third charging day after driving within the zone.
Crossing over the Thames via Dartford crossing (bridge/tunnel) which is part of M25 motorway, there is a £2.50 charge for cars and minibuses and £3 – £6 charge for buses and lorries, to pay per crossing. No charge for motocycles.
You can pay online no later than midnight the day after the crossing.
- Pay Crossing Charge here
- by phone: 0300 300 0120
- at the nearest Payzone store
- in advance by post, fill in this form
If you do not pay by midnight of the following charging day after driving through the crossing, you will receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £35 – £105.
Cameras in London
There are plenty of speed, bus lane, red light and general traffic cameras in London. Speed cameras can be fixed speed cameras or average speed cameras which measures the average speed between two distances.
General traffic cameras can also spot stopping or parking where this is forbidden, wrong turns, waiting in the yellow box at cross roads and so on. Fines can be on the spot by a police officer or by mail.
Most cameras are static and your car sat-nav may even warn you of their presence. Sometimes the police will set up temporary speed traps in places where motorists often speed. See more info about traffic fines here.
Parking in London
If you are parking in London streets, usually there are parking restrictions. You should always check the signs in the street for more information about the parking restrictions.
You can not park on a single yellow line during controlled hours. Parking is prohibited on double yellow lines, red lines and by dropped kerb at all times.
Many streets in London operate “Pay and Display” schemes. This is where you purchase a ticket and display it on the dashboard of your car. Prices are between £1.70 and £8 per hour. Maximum stay generally is 4 hours with no return within 2 hours.
Most boroughs in London operate “phone parking”. This is where you can use your mobile to pay for your parking via app (you will normally need to create an account and register your credit or debit card to do this). Commonly used mobile apps by councils and stations are PayByPhone, RingGo, Dash, PhoneAndPay, MiPermit.
You can find more info about places, prices and restrictions in Central London:
- Westminster Parking zones
- City of London: General restriction times are Monday to Friday 7:00-19:00 and Saturday 07:00-11:00, although there are places where different rules apply. Street parking map.
- Kensington and Chelsea Parking zones
- Camden Parking zones
- Islington Parking zones
- Hackney Parking zones
- Tower Hamlets Parking zones
- Southwark Parking zones
- Lambeth Parking zones
- Wandsworth Parking zones
- Parkopedia is a well known website where you can check nearby parking prices for car parks, street parking and private parking.
Secured Car Parks
NCP (National Car Parks) operates about 100 car parks within London. Prices are vary between £6.80 per day to £12 per hour (mainly in Central London). Website: www.ncp.co.uk
Q-Park operates 16 parking facilities in Central London. Prices are around £3.60 – £9.50 per hour. More information: www.q-park.co.uk
Parking is also available in big shopping centres’ car parks, such as Westfield, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, Broadway Shopping Centre and King’s Mall Shopping Centre and in most Supermarket car parks such as Tesco, Aldi, Lidle, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, etc for their customers. Most of them are pay and display cost around £1 per hour, some are free of charge.
Resident Parking Permit
You can buy a Resident Permit from your local Council at a price of about £130 per year (different districts have different prices). Get one if you live within a controlled parking zone and it allows you to park in a resident parking bay or a shared use bay within the zone you live in.
Visitor Parking Permit
If you are a resident in the area you can buy a Visitor Permit from your local council for your visitors. This will allow them to park in a residential parking zone during controlled hours. They will be able to park in a permit holders only bay and a shared used bay. Prices are around 30p per hour.