Heathrow Airport introduces new £5 drop off charge but it can be avoided

This week Heathrow Airport has finally introduced its new drop-off charge.

The fee is reportedly an attempt to improve the air quality around the London airport which lines up well with the beginning of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, which began yesterday.

However, precious statements have also linked the new cost with the £2billion loss the airport has seen during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new levy means that anyone entering the drop-off zone in a car will have to pay £5 – this will be done via a website or on an automated phone service, reports BerkshireLive.

So you won’t be able to just hand over cash…

Motorists need to pay the charge or they’ll be hit with a parking fine – so it’s important not to forget!

Heathrow will use Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras to identify the vehicles that arrive in the drop-off zone.

The airport has reassured drivers that the new rules will be clearly signposted.

The new fee will apply to almost everyone including taxis and private hire cars though exemptions include blue badge holders, emergency service vehicles, coached, colleague buses and operational vehicles.

In order to avoid paying the £5 charge you’ll have to park in the long-stay car park and get the airport shuttle service.

Initially, the airport planned to implement the new fine from October 1, but this was delayed.

Now, the charge will apply to motorists using the drop-off zone from yesterday (November 1).

The change began on the same day that alterations were made to the travel red list – meaning tourism is being made easier once more.

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