ULEZ and TfL congestion charge suspended by Sadiq Khan for Christmas Day

Here’s everything you need to know about travelling on London’s roads on Christmas Day.
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Londoners planning to travel across the city on Christmas Day will have limited public transport options so many may choose to drive.

Transport for London (TfL) has said there will be no service on the majority of the network on December 25.

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However for those driving to see family and friends on the big day they will be exempt from paying congestion and ULEZ charges.

Here’s everything you need to know about travelling on London’s roads on Christmas Day.

Do you pay the congestion charge in London between Christmas and New Year's Day?

If you drive into the congestion charge zone between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, the TFL website has confirmed you will not have to pay the usual fee. The congestion charge will be back in operation from Tuesday January 2 2024.

Normally a £15 daily charge applies to most vehicles driven within the congestion charge zone between 7am and 6pm on Mondays to Fridays and midday to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

Do you pay the ULEZ charge in London between Christmas and New Year's Day?

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Although the congestion charge is waived, ULEZ fees still apply over the period, with the exception of Christmas Day when ULEZ is suspended. 

If your vehicle doesn't meet the ULEZ emissions standards and isn't exempt, you need to pay a £12.50 daily charge to drive within the zone.

This applies to cars, motorcycles, vans and specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes).

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