All London road charging schemes have been temporarily suspended from March 23 to help ensure supply chains, critical workers and emergency vehicles can move freely during the coronavirus outbreak.

Transport for London (TfL) said the Congestion Charge, Ultra Low Emission Zone and Low Emission Zone would stop operating until further notice.

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.

“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.”

London councils have also suspended the London Lorry Control Scheme, which prevents hauliers delivering into the capital during night-time hours.