TfL suspends all road user charging to help critical workers

10.47 | 3 April 2020 |

All road user charging schemes in the Capital have been temporarily suspended – a move designed to help critical workers travel with ease during the coronavirus pandemic.

The suspension, which came into effect on 23 March and will run until further notice, impacts the Congestion Charge, Ultra-Low Emission Zone and Low Emission Zone.

The move also aims to support the supply chain, helping to keep supermarkets fully stocked.

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, said: “People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really have to. London’s roads should now only be used for essential journeys. 

“To help our critical workers get to work and for essential deliveries to take place, I have instructed TfL to temporarily suspend the Congestion Charge, ULEZ and Low Emission Zone.

 “This is not an invitation to take to your cars. To save lives we need the roads clear for doctors, nurses and other critical workers. 

“This is an unprecedented time and I know Londoners are doing everything they can to look after each other. I continue to urge all Londoners to follow the advice of public health authorities and not leave their homes unless it is absolutely essential.”

To further support hospital staff, NHS workers will also be given a code that waives the 24 hour access fee for Santander Cycles – meaning any journey under 30 minutes is free. 

In addition to free access, docking stations near hospitals are being prioritised to ensure there is a regular supply of bikes for medical staff to use.



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