TfL suspends all road user charging schemes to support critical key workers
Good news for all critical key workers
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has asked Transport for London (TfL) to make this change to ensure London's critical workers are able to travel around London in the way that best suits them.
From Monday 23rd March 2020 TfL has addressed that all road user charging schemes in the capital will be temporarily postponed.
Many critical key workers may find that driving to work in the current circumstances, could be the simplest option, which is why the charges have been lifted.
London’s key workers, particularly those working with the NHS, can travel in London easily during this national emergency. The like of key workers also includes those within the supply chain, teachers, automotive suppliers, this is a joint nation effort to keep supermarkets fully stocked, children schooled at home, and London as a city in full operation.
To keep the public transport network running TfL has reduced the number of stations open and are ensuring they are appropriately staffed.
To further support vital hospital staff getting into work during these challenging times, NHS workers will be given a code that waives the 24 hour access fee for Santander Cycles, meaning any journey under 30 minutes is free. In addition to free access, docking stations near hospitals are being prioritised to ensure there is a regular supply of bikes for medical staff to use.
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."
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