The burning question on the minds of many people and particularly businesses located near to or accessing London occasionally or regularly is which vehicles are exempt from the London Congestion Charge or at least receive discounts. The list of exemptions is varied and includes certain London residents, Blue Badge holders, motorised tricycles, roadside recovery vehicles and accredited breakdown personnel and also vehicles with 9+ seats such as minibuses and crew vans.
What about Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicles?
If you’re contemplating buying or leasing a ULEV on business or personal contract hire (PCH), the good news is that they are currently London Congestion Charge exempt thanks to emitting 75g/km of CO2 or less and meeting or exceeding Euro 5 standards for emissions, which is typically the case for all new vehicles registered in 2011 or later.
Fully electric cars known as EVs are also exempt from the London Congestion Charge and so are certain plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV for short). It costs £10 per vehicle to register for the 100% London Congestion Charge exemption discount available for ULEVs, EVs and many PHEVs.
Being London Congestion Charge exempt is particularly beneficial to businesses based in and around London, the Home Counties and other parts of the south, or indeed businesses based elsewhere in the UK whose vehicles enter London fairly regularly. Exemption obviously results in reduced costs but it also ultimately helps the environment, public health and air quality. If you’re the manager of a fleet, whether it’s large or small and comprised cars and/or commercial vehicles, we would welcome contact from you.
For further details including information on the certificate of conformity required to register certain PHEVs for exemption, click here to visit the tfl.gov.uk website. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV doesn’t need a conformity certificate.