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Motorists could be fined £160 for breaking this new driving rule introduced tomorrow

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New congestion charge rules come into effect tomorrow as the scheme is temporarily extended with higher charges and longer hours. Costs will increase with motorists having to pay £15 per day instead of the usual £11.50 under the temporary measures.

This could see costs rise to £240 which must be paid within 14 days of receiving the new notice. 

Motorists who refuse to pay this will see the fine registered as an unpaid debt which could incur extra debt registration fees. 

Enforcement agencies could then visit a property to collect any outstanding debt plus any enforcement fees your case has picked up. 

TfL says: “If we photograph your vehicle in the Congestion Charge zone and our records show that you’ve not paid the daily charge by midnight on the following charging day, we will issue a PCN to the registered keeper of the vehicle. 

The charge may also be waived if there is evidence you have already paid the charge or the vehicle was exempt from payments.

TfL have revealed the new policy has been put into place to reduce road traffic and promote safe journeys on foot or bike. 

TfL says their analysis has revealed car traffic levels may have doubled without any changes to the congestion charge as commuters used vehicles instead of public transport. 

The changes could lead to a reduction in car trips by one third while nitrogen oxide emissions could fall by 11 percent. 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “’The reality is that due to social distancing requirements public transport can only carry a fraction of the number of passengers compared to pre-pandemic levels – even when we are back to running completely full services.

“While capacity on the network needs to be preserved for those people who need it most, we can’t allow journeys that were previously taken on public transport to be replaced with car trips.”



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