In London, there are so many public transport options you might not want to drive in the city. Not only is there limited parking and lots of congestion, but there are also other things to think about when driving in London.
Things to remember about driving and MOT in London
First of all, you need to check the car is safe to drive. Is the MOT certificate valid? You will commit an offence if you drive or park a vehicle without an MOT on the road. If you want to book an MOT test in London you can check Iverson Tyres website.
If you drive in the central zone you will need to pay the congestion charge. The congestion charge is a daily fee for driving a vehicle within the charging zone between 7 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday.
The Low Emission Zone covers most of Greater London and is in operation 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If you drive a higher-emission vehicle, you are not forbidden from entering the zone, but you will have to pay the daily charge. You can use the Transport for London guide and enter your reg to see if your vehicle is affected and if you will have to pay to enter.
You also need to pay on your way into London if you decide to use the Dartford Crossing on the M25 or the M6 toll road.
London is home to some of the UK’s busiest routes and junctions. Make sure you’re prepared to drive in the capital by brushing up on the highway code and make sure you don’t ignore the basic rules of the road.
Stay calm and minimise distractions. Now is not the time to listen to your favourite podcast; give the road your full attention at all times.
Finally, if you really have to drive in London, try to avoid rush hour. Driving during peak periods will be nerve-wracking. Unless driving your car very slowly around congested roads sparks joy, of course.