Blog: London congestion charge exemption sense at last
Graeme Roberts | 24 May 2010
Finally, some sense at Transport for London where a 219g CO2 Lexus LS600h hybrid will no longer be exempt from the daily congestion charge while a 91g VW Polo 1.2TDi BlueMotion is not.
The barrier is now 100g and Euro 5 emissions compliance for a new 'greener fuel discount' replacing the maligned 'alternative fuel discount'. Now, anything with low CO2 emissions will be recognised as a low polluter rather than the all-encompassing hybrid or EV categories.
Eligibility criteria for electric vehicles will also be widened to include plug-in hybrids.
The only downside is all this has to wait until 4 January.
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