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Congestion charge increase – 15th May 2020

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced today that there will be an increase in the congestion charge and ULEZ from June 22nd this year. This is in response to the government’s bailout of £1.6 billion which was given to TfL a day earlier.

For the moment the congestion charge will still be £11.50 a day from the 18th of March and the timings will remain at 7 am – 6 pm. From the 22nd of June, these will change to £15 a day and the timings will be from 7 am – 10 pm 7 days a week.

TFL extends PHV licenses for 6 months

Recent updates from TFL have come into force with immediate effect:

  • Taxi or PHV vehicle licences which have expired or are due to expire between 23 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 (inclusive) will remain licensed for a period of six months pending the full resumption of vehicle inspections and a decision by TfL on the grant of a new licence
  • The six-month period will be applied from the date the vehicle licence is due to expire. For example, if a vehicle licence is due to expire on 15 April 2020, it will remain licensed until 15 October 2020

MOT Exemptions for vehicle owners 

The UK Government has recently announced that as of March 30th 2020 vehicles will be exempt from MOT testing for a period of 6 months. Please note that vehicles are still required to be in road worthy condition and travel must only essentially travel must be carried out, further information can be found at the following link

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-owners-to-be-granted-mot-exemption-in-battle-against-coronavirus

Government announces Emergency funding support 

Following on from the impact Coronavirus has had on many people throughout the UK the Government has announced an emergency funding package designed to help those people who are self-employed and have lost income due to the coronavirus outbreak.

There are a few requirements which need to be met to ensure you are eligible for help:

  • Have submitted your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19
  • traded in the tax year 2019-20
  • are trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19
  • intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21
  • have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19

For further information and eligibility criteria please visit the following link

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Congestion Charge & ULEZ suspended 

Following on from the Governments decision to have cafe’s, pubs and restaurants closed until further notice, TFL has now also taken steps to temporarily suspend congestion charge and ULEZ schemes. The suspension has been put in place to allow critical workers, such as the NHS, to get around more easily, with what one hopes is less traffic on the road. This is also to help supply chain companies with deliveries to supermarkets.

Mr. Sadiq Khan has said the following:

“‘This is not an invitation to take to your cars. To save lives we need the roads clear for ambulances, doctors, nurses and other critical workers. This is an unprecedented time and I know Londoners are doing everything they can to look after each other. I continue to urge all Londoners to follow the advice of public health authorities and not leave their homes unless it is absolutely essential”

Paul Copwerthaite who is the TFL’s GM of road user charging also made the following statement:

What we are seeing through this crisis is that London’s critical workforce is wider than just the core emergency services. Emergency services workers are absolutely fundamental to our response, but supermarket workers, utilities engineers, refuse collectors, and many more, also need to be able to travel to keep the city functioning. This is why we have temporarily suspended road user charging in the capital”

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