Congestion Charging

From 8 April 2019, private hire vehicles entering the Congestion Charge zone from 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday, will need to pay the £11.50 daily charge.


Private hire vehicles that are designated as wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) will retain the exemption, but only when carrying out a private hire booking for a TfL-licensed private hire operator.

PHVs are designated as WAVs at the point of the vehicle licensing inspection and this is noted on the vehicle licence.

Cleaner vehicle discount

A new, phased cleaner vehicle discount was introduced on 8 April 2019, replacing the existing Ultra Low Emission Discount.

The first phase of the discount will mean only certain zero-emission capable vehicles are exempt from the Congestion Charge. To qualify, a private hire vehicle must be Euro 6, emit no more than 75g/km of CO2 and have a minimum zero-emission capable range of 20 miles. Restrictions on the discount will tighten in October 2021 to support the Mayor’s ambition for zero-emission road transport by 2050. – only pure electric vehicles will qualify. The discount will be withdrawn in December 2025.

See more about the cleaner vehicle discount and other discounts that a private hire vehicle might be eligible for on the Discounts and exemptions page.

Paying the Congestion Charge

Find out more about the payment options that are available to you.

For further information on the Congestion Charge, please call 0343 222 2222 (08:00-20:00 Monday to Friday).

Congestion Charge penalty charge notices (PCNs)

If you are required to pay the Congestion Charge and don’t do so beforehand or by midnight on the following charging day, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued to the registered keeper of the vehicle.

Read further details about Congestion Charge penalties and enforcement.

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