London congestion charge
The London congestion charge scheme is run by Transport for London (TfL) on behalf of the Mayor of London. TfL is an executive arm of the Greater London Authority.
FTA supports the aim of the congestion charge in deterring discretionary or non-essential journeys. However, unlike most individual motorists, freight operators rarely have the option of switching to public transport. Whilst operators of plug-in electric vans benefit from a 100 per cent discount from the charge, for the foreseeable future this fuel source is only an option for smaller commercial vehicles. When the Greener Vehicle Discount for cars was introduced in 2011, the Alternative Fuel Discount was removed, leaving no low-carbon incentives for larger commercial vehicles. The congestion charge had, until then, provided an important market for manufacturers of greener technology and fuels such as gas and FTA is lobbying TfL to reintroduce the Alternative Fuel Discount to the congestion charge for vans.
Since the congestion charge was introduced in 2003, FTA has successfully campaigned to lower the fleet threshold from 25 to 10 vehicles, and then from 10 to five, which has reduced the administrative burden for many operators.
Information on the congestion charge
For the latest information on the congestion charge, take a look at the Transport for London website.
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