Congestion Charge

Congestion Charge and Low Emissions Zone factsheets

These factsheets include information about how many people pay the Congestion Charge (CC) and the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge and the number of Penalty Charge Notices that are issued.

Congestion Charge outstanding debt by embassies

We and the UK Government are 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. The majority of embassies in London do pay the charge, but there remains a minority who refuse to do so, despite our representations through diplomatic channels.

We will 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.

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