A micro-business guide to the London Congestion Charge

The UK capital is incredibly fast-paced. Thousands of micro-businesses have to navigate the traffic every day to stay connected to clients and customers. In Central London, there’s added pressure – the congestion charge, which affects the majority of vehicles passing through, can be a significant burden for micro-business owners.

However, the UK government is respectful of this fact, and have put relief systems in place for small fleets. To help you understand how this works, we’ve pulled together a helpful guide to the London congestion charge.

 

Taming our traffic habits

Before February 2003, anyone could come and go in Central London without having to pay a fee. However, 15 years ago, everything changed as the congestion charge was introduced. Now, non-exempt vehicles travelling between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, must pay £11.50 per day to access the zone, or risk facing a penalty.

 

What is classed as an ‘exempt vehicle’?

At a glance, every car, van or truck that doesn’t fall within these rules has to pay up. 2017 has also witnessed a new charge for any vehicle made before 2006 that consumes diesel or petrol – the cost for this, daily, is an extra £10, making up a total fee of £21.50 for older vehicles.

 

How micro-businesses can avoid London’s congestion charge

Clearly, the congestion charge puts real financial strain on micro-businesses in London. So what can you do to avoid it?

For starters, cross-reference the criteria we’ve outlined above – are any of your vehicles eligible for relief? No registration for the congestion charge is required, as long as the corresponding vehicle is on the DVLA database.

Beyond that, numerous discounts exist for people – like small business owners – who the charge may disproportionately affect. These include:

By taking advantage of the small-print behind London’s congestion laws, you can make your fleet management far more cost-effective. While you’re doing so, why not take another step, and invest in our Allstar fuel cards? It makes monitoring and controlling fuel expenditure for business trips simple, so you can keep costs to a minimum.

Discover Allstar for yourself by calling our team or paying a visit to our website.