Transport for London (TfL) is reminding Congestion Charge customers that the option to pay the Congestion Charge in shops and petrol stations will end from this Friday, 26 July.
The change follows a public consultation and is a direct result of the vast majority of customers now paying the charge through the automatic payment method, Congestion Charge Auto Pay (CC Auto Pay).
CC Auto Pay is completely automated, offers users a reduced daily charge of £9 (rather than £10 if paid using other methods) and ensures they need never be fined for non-payment of the charge.
In contrast, the popularity of paying the charge in shops and petrol stations has fallen dramatically - from 37 per cent when the Congestion Charge was introduced in 2003 to just four per cent of all payments today.
Removing the option to pay the charge in shops and petrol stations will also reduce the cost of operating the Congestion Charge by £600,000 a year.
Drivers will still be able to pay the Congestion Charge using a wide range of other means including online, by phone, by text message or by CC Auto Pay.
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