London Mayor Boris Johnson has outlined new plans to eliminate the western extension of the capital's congestion zone and increase the daily charge for the remaining area to £10.
A consultation has been launched on the proposals, which, if approved, will see the western extension scrapped from Christmas Eve this year and the new charge introduced from January 4, 2011.
The daily charge for drivers will go up from £8 to £10 and from £10 to £12 if paid the next charging day.
A new auto pay scheme has also been proposed for easier and more convenient payment of congestion charge. Motorists with a credit or debit card can register their vehicle by paying a £10 fee on the account, and will need to pay a daily charge of only £9.
Auto pay would ensure that no penalty charge notices would be issued to any registered vehicles, meaning drivers would no longer be penalised for forgetting to pay the charge.
Mr Johnson said: "West London never wanted the western extension and it is right that residents there can now tell us whether this Christmas should see the end of it.
"The central zone still plays a useful role but it has to be administered more fairly and straightforwardly, which is why I'm delighted the proposals include changes that should mean no one need ever be fined again."
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