As in previous years, London’s congestion charge scheme will be suspended over the Christmas period, allowing drivers to enter the zone without penalty. The Christmas non-charging period will be in effect from Friday 25 December until Friday 1 January inclusive. Normal charging resumes from Monday 4 January 2010.
The European Commission has refused to allow additional time for London to meet pollution targets, claiming the capital “did not meet the minimum requirements” for a time extension.
London Assembly members have called on Boris Johnson to ask US President Barack Obama and other heads of state responsible for embassies with outstanding Congestion Charge fines to explain their refusal to pay to Londoners.
London’s New Year’s Eve free travel is to be sponsored this year by ING Direct. The sponsorship deal was announced today as the capital’s transport chiefs issued travel information for the festive period and advised passengers that public transport “will without doubt be the best way to travel” after welcoming in the New Year.
Boris Johnson is being asked to invite US President Barak Obama and other heads of state responsible for embassies with outstanding Congestion Charge payments and fines to explain their refusal to pay to Londoners.