Driving a car in London

Driving in London

Driving in London is best avoided, but if it really is the only way you can get from A to B then be wary of the rules: 1) All passengers must wear seatbelts (even the ones in the back), and all motorcycle riders must wear helmets. 2) Foreign driving licences are typically valid for up to 12 months in Britain, and you must have insurance. Driving without adequate insurance is a criminal offence.

Congestion charge zone

London has started to charge cars a daily fee whenever they enter central London. This is called the ‘Congestion Charge’. You can find out how much it costs, and what area it covers on our congestion charge page.

Car breakdown services

The two main breakdown services in London are:

AA:Tel 0870 550 0600, or 0800 887 766, or visit theaa.co.uk

RAC:Tel 0844 891 3111, or visit rac.co.uk

Find a car park in London

Make sure that you pay attention to any car parking restrictions in place, as you could be looking at £200–300 to get it released.

If it has been towed away with no information on where it has been towed to, then try ringing the Tracing Section at 0207 747 4747.

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Car parks in London

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Car parks in London

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London train stations

Find a petrol station

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Petrol stations in London

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Service stations in London

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London train stations

Find a car hire company

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Car rental firms in London
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