1. ITV Report

£74 million owed by diplomats who refuse to pay charge

More than £74 million is currently owed by foreign diplomats for unpaid congestion charge notices and penalties.

Some embassies refuse to pay the charge, because they say it is a tax, from which they are exempt Credit: Press Association

Transport for London says it is still pursuing embassies for the unpaid charges, because it is a service and not a tax.

[Because it is a service] this means that diplomats are not exempt from paying it.

Around two thirds of embassies in London do pay the charge, but there remains a stubborn minority who refuse to do so, despite our representations through diplomatic channels.

We will continue to pursue all unpaid Congestion Charge fees and related penalty charge notices and are pushing for the matter to be taken up at the International Court of Justice.

– Paul Cowperthwaite, TfL’s General Manager for Congestion Charging

Here are the outstanding amounts owed by each embassy:

  • AMERICAN EMBASSY: £7,861,610
  • EMBASSY OF JAPAN: £5,405,550
  • EMBASSY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION: £5,055,460
  • HIGH COMMISSION FOR THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA: £4,351,960
  • EMBASSY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY: £3,885,000
  • OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR INDIA: £3,163,370
  • EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND: £2,603,270
  • OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR GHANA: £2,379,620
  • THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE SUDAN: £2,200,735
  • KENYA HIGH COMMISSION: £1,775,600