London Black Cabs must pay a £5 fee to drop off at all terminals at Heathrow Airport from Saturday 30 April 2022.
Following public consultation, Transport for London (TfL) recently agreed to a number of changes to taxi fares and fares. Taxi drivers can now add a charge of up to £5.20 to the fare when dropping off passengers at any of the Heathrow Airport terminal drop-off areas, unless their taxi n has been registered for a Blue Badge dealership.
The charge introduced is part of Heathrow’s updated surface access plans and long-term sustainability strategy. Revenue generated from the program will contribute to new sustainable transportation initiatives at the airport.
The airport claims that the additional revenue generated by the charge will help reduce overall airport charges. Going forward, the airport hopes to introduce a new multi-modal, data-driven Sustainable Travel Zone (STZ), which aims to provide passengers, colleagues and the local community with more sustainable transport options.
The terminal drop-off charge will be managed by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems – similar to those used for the London Congestion Charge and the Dart Charge – and will apply to all vehicles using the drop-off facilities at Heathrow Terminal. Blue Badge holders will be entitled to a 100% discount. Drivers will have the option to pay the £5 fee in advance or by midnight the day after drop off. Payments can only be made by card, either online or through an automated telephone service.
Taxi drivers are advised to set up an automatic payment facility via the Heathrow website to ensure payments are paid on time. Failure to pay will result in a Parking Charges Notice (PCN) of £80, reduced to £40 if paid within 14 days.