- 23 March 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
Commencing Monday 23rd March, London’s Congestion Charge, Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) and Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) have been suspended by Transport for London (TfL) to support logistics in the Capital.
Paul Cowperthwaite, TfL general manager of Road User Charging, said: “What we are seeing through this crisis is that London’s critical workforce is wider than just the core emergency services.
“Emergency services workers are absolutely fundamental to our response, but supermarket workers, utilities engineers, refuse collectors, and many more, also need to be able to travel to keep the city functioning. This is why we have temporarily suspended road user charging in the capital.”
This follows calls from the Road Haulage Association to do the same. Its CEO Richard Burnett said that most of the vehicles entering London will still be LEZ and ULEZ compliant, though it will allow other vehicles to enter London now too.
Burnett added: “Keeping our supply chains resilient will be key in ensuring businesses can continue to function during the crisis.
“It’s the right thing that firms have the confidence to call in other contractors to move their goods into the capital at short notice and not worry about LEZ and ULEZ charges.”