Embassies' congestion charge debts

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


If foreign embassies were to upgrade their fleets with low emission vehicles that are exempt from the charge, the issue of non-payment would be eliminated. Would you consider offering embassies that have accumulated congestion charge debts the opportunity for these sums to be invested in electric vehicle charging infrastructure in their local area as a positive way of moving forwards on this issue?


Answer for Embassies' congestion charge debts

Answer for Embassies' congestion charge debts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Along with TfL and the UK Government, I am clear that the Congestion Charge is a charge for a service and not a tax.  This means that diplomats are not exempt from paying it.  We continue to pursue all unpaid Congestion Charge fees and related penalty charge notices and are pushing for the matter to be taken up at the International Court of Justice.

In the first 12 years of operation (2003 to 2015), the Congestion Charge has generated £1.4bn of net revenue, some £1.1bn of which has been spent on improvements to the bus network, £119m on roads and bridges, £74m on road safety, £64m on local transport/borough plans and £41m on sustainable transport and the environment. Any payments made for the Congestion Charge, including by Embassies, are invested back into transport initiatives across London.

I of course remain committed to encouraging the growth of clean vehicles in London and will continue to do so with initiatives such at the Ultra Low Emission Zone.