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Text payment for London congestion charge 'to go'

Drivers will no longer be able to pay the London congestion charge by text message under plans being considered by Transport for London (TfL).

Rogue websites have been charging motorists up to £8 extra. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Instead, a new Smartphone app could replace texts, which make up around 400 out of the 130,000 congestion charge payments made each day.

Under the new plans, drivers would be able to carry out basic account checks and make changes, as well as checking charge balances along with expiry dates of discounts.

TfL has also urged drivers to pay via their official site after learning some copycat websites have been charging unsuspecting motorists an extra £8 on top of the fee for non-existent services.

In some cases the congestion charge had not been paid at all.

If the new plans go ahead they are expected to be announced after September.