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Consultation starts on London congestion charge

DETAILED PLANS to charge motorists £5 to enter central London were published for the first time this week.

Transport for London sent out the congestion charging order for a 10 week consultation this week ahead of the scheme being formally launched by London mayor Ken Livingstone in November.

The order confirms a £5 daily charge from Mondays to Fridays in 20.72km in the centre of London. The zone will be policed by closed circuit TV cameras that will recognise number plates and match them up to a database of vehicles that have paid the charge.

Exemptions include motorbikes, emergency vehicles, buses and coaches, vehicles used by the disabled, black cabs, London borough vehicles and mail vehicles. Residents within the zone will have a 90% discount.

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