London Mayor Sadiq Khan to phase out Congestion Charge exemption for hybrid cars next year – and even zero-emission electric models from 2025
- From April, only cars emitting less than 75g/km CO2 in electric-only mode for 20 miles will be exempt from the Congestion Charge
- In October 2021, TfL will only allow 100% electric models to drive for free
- From Christmas Day 2025 all cars – including zero-emissions electric ones – will have to pay £11.50 charge
- CC exemptions for private hire cars will also be removed from April 2019
- Controversial plans also mean all older cars within the North and South Circular must pay £12.50 per day from October 2021
By ROB HULL
20 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:23, 2 January 2019
Sadiq Khan and Transport for London will phase out congestion zone exemptions for hybrid cars next year – and make owners of pure-electric models pay to drive into the capital from 2025, it has been confirmed.
The London Mayor announced the changes to congestion zone restrictions to reduce traffic and improve air quality in the capital.
This includes removing the congestion charge exemption for private hire cars drivers – including minicabs and Uber – from April 2019.
Earlier this year, Khan revealed that he would push ahead with his controversial plan to impose the new Ultra Low Emissions Zone as far out as the North and South Circular from 2021, forcing residents owning older cars to pay £12.50 a day to drive them – at any time on any day of the year.
Congestion Charge exemptions phased out: TfL and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have confirmed new Congestion Zone rules that will see owners of the cleanest vehicles charged to drive in the capital from 2025
Currently, cars which emit less than 75 grams per kilometre of CO2 are free from the £11.50 per day London congestion charge, as part of the Ultra Low Emission Discount.
That will be replaced from next year as part of the mayor’s new measures.
In its place will be the new Cleaner Vehicle Discount, coinciding with the introduction of London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone on 8 April 2019 in the current congestion charge zone.
From next year, only models that meet Euro 6 emissions standards, emit no more than 75g/km CO2 and have a minimum 20-mile zero-emissions range will be exempt from the charge.