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Embassies owe TfL £142m in unpaid Congestion Charges

01 September 2022
Many embassies argue that the Congestion Charge is a tax

 

Overseas embassies owe Transport for London (TfL) over £140m in unpaid Congestion Charge payments. The latest list of outstanding payments owed by embassies has topped £142m, as of June 2022, having risen from £136m at the end of September 2021.

Although the Congestion Charge is applied to road vehicles entering the congestion zone, many embassies argue that it is not a charge but a tax, and embassies are exempt from paying domestic taxes under the terms of the 1961 Vienna...

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