For Britons, travel has now become more expensive due to a new levy at Heathrow.
Travel has grown more expensive for Britons as a result of a new Heathrow levy.
Despite the reopening of international borders, Britons who want to travel to another country must now pay a new tax, which their friends and relatives must also pay.
The majority of international borders have reopened, making travel overseas easier for Britons.
While there have been multiple PCR test price errors in recent months, holidaying Britons will also have to contend with a new travel tax.
Heathrow has joined the UK’s other nine major airports in charging a fee for dropping off passengers.
On November 1st, the new fee will take effect.
On all Heathrow airport forecourts, Britons will now have to pay £5 to drop off friends and family.
The new tax will be managed using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technologies similar to those used for the London Congestion Levy and Dart Charge programs.
A driver will be charged a fixed fee of £5 each time they visit a drop-off zone.
A one-hundred percent discount will be given to Blue Badge holders.
The additional price can be paid in advance or by midnight the next day after the drop-off.
According to a press release from Heathrow, “regular users of the airport are encouraged to register with a pre-pay account.”
“From the date of purchase, pre-paid trips will be valid for 12 months.”
Payments can only be done with a credit card, either online or over the phone.
If you do not pay, you will be issued an £80 Parking Charge Notice (PCN).
The cost is lowered to £40 if paid within 14 days.
As a result of the outbreak, Heathrow’s passenger numbers have fallen, and recovery is tough.
The numbers are still more than 70% fewer than they were before Covid.
“With passenger numbers still over 70% lower than pre-pandemic levels, this charge, which was first proposed last year, will assist us in financially defending the business,” said Tony Caccavone, Heathrow Director of Surface Access.
“The pandemic continues to have a big impact on Heathrow, and this fee will contribute to new sustainable mobility efforts rather than a car-led recovery,” said Val Shawcross, chair of the independent Heathrow Area Transport Forum and former London Deputy Mayor for Transport.
“As the airport works to ‘build back better,’ encouraging passengers to take public transportation is vital to its long-term profitability.”
Britons who do not want to pay the price can still park for free at the Long Stay car park at the airport.
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