To support key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Congestion Charge will be suspended from today (March 23) until further notice.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan called for the move to ensure London’s key workers, particularly those in the NHS, are able to travel round London as easily as possible during these unprecedented times.
With several London Underground lines and bus routes closed, driving to work will be the easiest and quickest option for many, which is why the charges have been lifted.
It’s also been implemented so that supermarket supply chains can operate as smoothly as possible and that shelves are stocked.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really have to. London’s roads should now only be used for essential journeys. To help our critical workers get to work and for essential deliveries to take place, I have instructed TfL to temporarily suspend the Congestion Charge, ULEZ and Low Emission Zone from Monday.
‘This is not an invitation to take to your cars. To save lives we need the roads clear for ambulances, doctors, nurses and other critical workers. This is an unprecedented time and I know Londoners are doing everything they can to look after each other.
‘I continue to urge all Londoners to follow the advice of public health authorities and not leave their homes unless it is absolutely essential.’
On Friday, London Cycling Campaign launched a chatbot on Facebook Messenger to provide advice for people who want to cycle for essential journeys for the first time, as well as those returning to cycling, and people who cycle already but need additional help or information during the outbreak.
As well as FAQs, the London Cycling Campaign, a registered charity, will have staff and volunteers on hand to advise people through live chat, phone and email; on basic cycle skills, locking and parking bikes, safe route planning, where to buy bikes and gear and cycling safely in traffic, including near HGVs and lorries.