When you’re travelling to London on holiday or on business, and using your own car or a rental car, then there are many things to consider. Firstly you’ll need to arrange your travel, your car hire and then you need to prepare yourself for London’s often chaotic traffic and the congestion charges that are in place in Central London.
As with most things when it comes to travel, it is better to plan ahead. If you’ll be driving at all in Central London, then it’s more than likely you’ll need to pay the charge – especially if your driving takes you by such tourist hot spots as Buckingham Palace and Green park. So to avoid any non payment fees – such as the £130 penalty charge for not paying – and to ensure your trip to London goes by without a hitch, we would suggest you pay the congestion charges in advance if possible.
Luckily there are some dates in the year when the charge doesn’t apply, namely on bank holidays and between Christmas day and New years day. You can also avoid the charge entirely by driving a car with low emissions such as the Nissan Leaf, Renault ZOE, Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid and the Porsche Panamera.