Low-CO2 Vans Penalised by Congestion Charges Unfair
It is time to speak out about current London Congestion Charge rules, which unfairly discriminate low-emission vans in London the UK’s capital city.
Any car with with emissions below 100g/km CO2 is exempt from the London Congestion Charge, however this does not apply to light commercial vehicles under 3.5 tonnes with sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.
Take the the Corsavan 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX which employs fuel saving technology in order to achieve emissions of just 89g/km CO2, exactly the same as the equivalent 5-door Corsa, but if you are driving the Corsa van you must pay the London Congestion Charge of £10 per day.
For companies that regularly enter these zones the annual charges can be substantial. Take the case of Plantire, they operate two Corsa vans and enter the zones approximately six timers per week and expect to pay circa GBP3,000 per annum.
Things may change, Boris Johnson, has expressed emphatic support for light commercial vehicles in the capital, stating previously: “Vans are the lifeblood of this city. This noble bunch is mostly small business owners and independent traders who are focused on grafting hard to support their families and build a better future.”
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