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Websites making money from the congestion charge

London drivers have been warned to take extra care when paying their congestion charge to avoid spending more than they need to. An unofficial website which appears on search engines is charging £6 more to pay the fee than if drivers went direct to TFL.

The company running the website says it offers a special service to customers but critics say it's misleading users and leaving them out of pocket. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris investigates.

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What you're saying on twitter...

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@itvlondon smacks of greed! Revenue generation over encouraging purchase of greener vehicles, given current cars can't comply with 75g limit

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@itvlondon Could b major concern for taxi industry,which as part of Londons transport infrastructure is part of the solution not the problem

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@itvlondon so why did he not say from 2014 congestion charge will be inforce for all vechiles,im selling me Prius & buying a new Range Rover

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Is your car on the list?

The Fiat 500 is one of the cars which will lose the discount Credit: John Stillwell/PA

Cars to lose the discount if the changes go ahead:

Audi A3 1.6TDI

Citroën C3 1.6HDi

Citroën DS3 1.6HDi

Fiat 500/500C

Fiat Punto Evo 1.3 16V Multijet

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6TDCI Duratorq

Ford Focus ECOnetic 1.6 TDCI Duratorq

Hyundai i10 1.0SOHC

Mini One D

Mini Cooper D

SEAT Leon 1.6TDI

SEAT Ibiza ST 1.2TDI

Skoda Fabia hatchback and estate 1.2TDI

Smart Fortwo CDI Coupé and Cabrio

Smart ForTwo Coupé and Cabrio

Toyota Auris T4 and T Spirit

Toyota Prius T3, T4 and T Spirit

Toyota IQ 1.0 VVT-i

Vauxhall Corsa 1.3TDI

Volvo S40 DRIVe

Volvo V50 DRIVe

Volvo C30 DRIVe

Volkswagen Polo 1.2TDI

Volkswagen Golf 1.6TDI

Consultation on plans ends 8 February

TfL want your views on the new plans Credit: Steve Parsons/PA.

A consultation on the proposals is taking place. Nick Fairholme, TfL’s director for congestion charging, said: “I want to encourage as many people as possible to submit their views on these proposed changes.”

The consultation closes on February 8. Let Transport for London know your views here.

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Emissions to be reduced to 75g/km

TfL want more stringent rules to exempt vehicles from paying the charge Credit: Matt Morton/PA

Edmund King, AA president, said: “We do have real concerns about ‘green goalposts’ being moved after drivers and businesses have invested in low-emission hybrid and diesel vehicles. We need to encourage the take-up of a range of greener vehicles.”

· 70,000 motorists enter London's congestion zone each day

· 2,500 qualify for TfL's Greener Vehicle Discount

· Vehicles must emit less than 100g/km of carbon dioxide

· TfL want tougher rules, reducing the limit to 75g co2/km

· This would rule out all current hybrid and diesel vehicles

David Bizley, the RAC’s technical director,said: “The 75g/km limit is pretty much beyond any current conventional diesel or gasoline vehicle. You really need some sort of plug-in hybrid to qualify.”

Now 'green' vehicles no longer exempt

Toyota Prius: No longer exempt from congestion charge Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Transport for London wants to tighten rules around congestion charge exemption in order to raise the revenue netted by the £10 charge.

The Toyota Prius - a "hybrid" vehicle which runs on both petrol and an electric engine, two-seater petrol and diesel Smart cars and the petrol Fiat 500 are among more than 50 “green” models that will no longer be exempt.

Boris Johnson needs to rubber stamp the proposals to bring them into force in July. It's thought it will raise an extra £1-2 million for Transport for London.

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