London Looking To Alter Congestion Charge Exemptions By Lowering CO2 Threshold

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
london looking to alter congestion charge exemptions by lowering co2 threshold

The 100 grams/km CO2 output figure is an important one for motorists in the UK. Cars that can hit this magic number are exempt from London’s daily $16 Congestion Charge, which is levied upon motorists attempting to enter London’s downtown core. But new rules may leave drivers liable for the daily fee, as lawmakers seek to change the exemption threshold to 75 grams/km.

AutoExpress reports that as many as 19,000 motorists could be screwed over by the change in regulations, though they’d be exempt from having to pay the fee until 2015. The new rules would leave just 9 cars – 6 of which are pure EVs – exempt from the charge. The remaining three use some sort of hybrid system to achieve such a low CO2 output.

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  • Sydcam Sydcam on Dec 05, 2012

    The sub-100g band also gets you free Road Tax in the UK for personal drivers, and company car users get (heavily) taxed based on their cars emissions, so theres a lot of people that would like a car that pollutes less than 3 figures besides Londoners. The Congestion Charge aims to let a finite amount of vehicles into the relatively small, crowded center of London, so I doubt that specific market is big enough to justify all these models.

  • Daveainchina Daveainchina on Dec 05, 2012

    I'd be curious to see a list of the vehicles affected.

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    • Corntrollio Corntrollio on Dec 07, 2012

      @W.Minter Don't forget the Fiat 500 TwinAir. Not sold stateside, but gets 95 g/km, I believe. My co-worker has one to avoid the congestion charge, although still takes the train to work some days. Funny that a "Chelsea Tractor" hybrid could game the system to be exempt from congestion charges.

  • Lynn Ellsworth Lynn Ellsworth on Dec 06, 2012

    For those of you who think cities should be tore up for wider roads and parking garages here is something to think about: Do you like fat women? Phoenix, AZ is built for cars with wide roads, many expressways, huge parking garages, poor public transportation, and enormous parking lots around our Walmarts. A car is almost a necessity to live here. The result, our women are fat. Visiting cities like NYC, Paris, and even San Francisco Where stores and offices are close together and people walk are great for seeing beautiful women.

  • Grahamp Grahamp on Dec 16, 2012

    Make the tax 5 pounds per day for the 75-99g range, 10 pounds per day for the 100-200g range, and 20 pounds per day above that as well as the Chelsea Tractors.