Unpaid congestion charge by the American Embassy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-11-21
Session date: 
November 21, 2012
Reference: 
2012/3725
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Can you provide me with the sum of outstanding congestion charge penalty notices which remain unpaid by the American Embassy?

Answer

Answer for Unpaid congestion charge by the American Embassy

Answer for Unpaid congestion charge by the American Embassy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As of 5 November 2012, the number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued to vehicles registered to the American Embassy is 62,051; the amount outstanding in respect of those PCNs is £7,084,380.

As you know, my position on this matter has always been clear and consistent and I have repeatedly pressed non-paying embassies to live up to their obligations to their host city and pay the Congestion Charge.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Transport for London and I all continue to work with any diplomatic missions that owe money for non payment of Congestion Charging; however, it should be noted that almost three quarters of Embassies pay the congestion charge on a regular basis, as they are required to do.