In a nutshell, it is a tax on motorists who drive into the Central London area. The objective is to try and reduce congestion on the roads, which are hopelessly inadequate to cater for the number of vehicles that were driving in Central London. Some vehicles are exempted (eg buses, Hackney taxis, ambulances etc) and local residents qualify for a 90% discount.
The congestion charge zone is contained by the 'Inner Ring Road' which links Euston Road, Pentonville Road, Tower Bridge, Elephant & Castle, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Park Lane and Marylebone Road.
Motorists wishing to enter the controlled zone between 7am and 6.30pm on Mondays to Fridays will need to pay a charge (the Congestion Charge). There will be no charge on public holidays.
The charge can be paid either in advance or on the day. The registration numbers of these vehicles being registered will be entered into a database. Drivers will not be required to display a licence.
The number plates of vehicles entering or moving within the zone will be observed by a network of fixed and mobile cameras. The number plates collected by the cameras will be cross checked against the database of registered vehicles. The owner of any vehicle within the central zone without having paid (unless exempt/discounted) will be liable to a penalty charge
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