The BVRLA has expressed bemusement at the decision to reintroduce and raise the capital’s emission zone charges, at a time when businesses and families are facing unprecedented levels of financial hardship.
This follows Friday’s announcement from the Mayor of London confirming that emission zone charges were to be reintroduced on 18 May and that, from 22 June, the penalties for non-compliant vehicles entering the city will be increased by 30%.
This means that the Congestion Charge will rise from £11.50 a day to £15 and the hours of operation are being extended to 7am to 10pm, seven days a week, instead of just weekdays.
Members who operate fleet accounts for their own vehicles or on behalf of customers are reminded that the list of vehicles which they have registered with Transport for London may be out of date, and it is advisable to review this on the TfL website to avoid subsequent penalty charge notices.
The association will be liaising with the Mayor’s office to suggest that TfL introduces mitigating measures for those who may have no real choice but to use a non-compliant vehicle to get to work. It should also provide flexibility to fleet companies who will face delays in processing PCN payments as their offices may be closed and have staff on furlough.
Read the full press release issued on 15 May: Now is not the time to reintroduce charges in London, says BVRLA.