Transport for London has suspended its roads user charging schemes in the capital from Monday 23 March, to help London’s critical workers travel around the city.
The congestion charge and ultra low emission zones have both been paused until further notice to ensure workers, particularly those in the NHS, can move as easily as possible during the current period of national emergency.
“People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really have to,” said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. “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 from Monday.
But Khan was keen to make the point that this isn’t an open invitation to increase traffic.
” To save lives we need the roads clear for ambulances, 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,” he said. “I continue to urge all Londoners to follow the advice of public health authorities and not leave their homes unless it is absolutely essential.”
“What we are seeing through this crisis is that London’s critical workforce is wider than just the core emergency services,” added Paul Cowperthwaite, TfL’s General Manager of Road User Charging. “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.”
TfL is also allowing NHS staff free 30-minute access to the Santander Cycles scheme, as well as prioritising docking stations near hospitals to ensure supply for medical staff to use.