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Congestion Charge: van users face more costs to access the capital. Photo: Bikeworldtravel /

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TfL) has confirmed its plans to increase the London Congestion Charge from £10 to £11.50 this month, in an attempt to keep a lid on traffic chaos and improve the capital’s transport network.

The 15 per cent rise means business users will pay up to £400 more every year to drive within the charging zone – pushing the annual bill to almost £3,000.

What’s more, unlike car drivers who are offered a wide range of sub-75g/km hybrid and electric vehicles, van drivers have limited options for Congestion Charge exemption. Aside from the enormously impractical Renault Twizy Cargo, small business owners looking to escape the daily charge are forced to opt for a Renault Kangoo ZE or Nissan e-NV200.

Charges can be reduced slightly by opting for the CC Auto Pay function, with users subject to a cut-rate £10.50 per day – or £14 if paid the next charging day.