Penalty charges

You may be issued with a PCN if:

  • Your vehicle does not meet LEZ emissions standards and you are not exempt or registered for a 100% discount
  • The relevant charge isn't paid by midnight on the next working day after the first day of travel
  • The vehicle has not been registered with us
  • You have provided an incorrect vehicle registration mark or incorrect date of travel when paying the charge
  • You paid by post but did not allow at least 10 days before your date of travel for your payment to clear

You may receive separate PCNs for each charging day that you drive within the LEZ. Please remember that the charging hours are from midnight to midnight. PCNs can be issued to both UK and non-UK registered vehicles.

To see the current status or amount outstanding of the PCN, plus other details, you can view PCN details online.

You can pay online (use the button above) or by:

Phone: 0343 222 3333 (TfL call charges)

Low Emission Zone
PO Box 342
Darlington DL1 9QB

Or challenge the PCN online or in writing.

Penalty charges

The amount of the penalty charge depends on the type of vehicle you're driving and how soon you can pay it.

Vehicle Weight Penalty chargeIf paid within 14 days
Motor caravans
2.5 - 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight£500£250
Minibuses (with more than 8 passenger seats)5 tonnes or less gross vehicle weight£500£250
Goods vehicles
Motor caravans
Motorised horseboxes
Breakdown and recovery vehicles
Snow ploughs
Refuse collection vehicles
Road sweepers
Concrete mixers
Fire engines
Removals lorries
Other specialist vehicles
More than 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight£1000£500
Coaches (with more than 8 passenger seats)
More than 5 tonnes gross vehicle weight£1000£500

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