London Motoring Charges Resume Today
Transport for London has reintroduced the ULEZ and the Congestion Charge today (May 18th 2020)
The abatement of the charges had instituted at the start of the COVID-19 crisis to aid the mobility of keyworkers.
The reintroduction of charges comes as part of the conditions of a bailout deal arranged for TfL agreed by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
The congestion charge is due to be re-introduced at the pre-lockdown cost.
However, from June 22, drivers will have to pay £15 rather than £11.50 per day including weekends – rather than just on weekdays as current rules stipulate.
Also, operating hours will be temporarily increased in the evening, extending from 6 pm to 10 pm.
TfL will also extend the congestion charge reimbursement scheme to help NHS and care home staff.
London’s Transport Commissioner Mike Brown said:
“London’s transport network is absolutely fundamental to the economic, social and environmental health of the capital”.
“Throughout the pandemic, transport workers have played a heroic role in the response to the virus – ensuring NHS and care staff have been able to get to work and save lives.”
“We have been operating up to 70% of peak tube services and over 80% of bus services with many of our staff ill, shielding or in self-isolation. From next week we will further increase services beyond this as we progressively build towards restoring services to pre-COVID levels”.
“To maintain social distancing wherever possible, the transport network needs to operate differently during this extraordinary period”.
“In line with advice from the Government and Mayor we are encouraging people who can work from home to continue to do so to enable the people who must travel to do so safely”.
“We are asking everyone to try and avoid the busiest times to support social distancing wherever possible, to wear non-medical face coverings when they do need to use public transport and to walk and cycle whenever possible.”
Transport for London official guidance – https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/restart?intcmp=62808
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