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Heathrow introduces a £5 passenger drop-off charge for cars AND taxi drivers at departures which must be paid online or over the phone - in desperate bid to claw back £2billion pandemic losses

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Heathrow Airport is to introduce a £5 passenger drop-off charge outside its terminals - as it desperately attempts to claw back more than £2billion in pandemic losses.

The new charge will be brought in from October and will apply to all vehicles - including taxis and private hire cars - entering the forecourt areas outside the airport's terminals.

The fee must be paid online or over the phone, with number plate reading cameras, instead of barriers, being used to enforce the charge.

Heathrow chiefs say the move, which brings the airport's policy in line with the likes of Gatwick and Manchester, who also have £5 drop-off charges, is aimed at 'improving air quality and reducing congestion'.

Bosses also admit the money will help the airport recover after losing around £5million-a-day throughout the Covid pandemic - with the move potentially bringing in as much as £100million-a-year.

However is likely to be another headache for holidaymakers hoping for a stress-relieving getaway after months of Covid cancellations and confusion.

Meanwhile taxi unions have rallied against the move, urging its drivers should be exempt from the charge.

Announcing the decision, which comes after the launch of a review in December last year, Heathrow bosses said: 'From October, Heathrow will be introducing a charge for vehicles dropping off passengers at its terminal forecourts.

'We have always said that we would consider introducing a form of road user charging and several other approaches to improve air quality and reduce congestion at Heathrow.

'This charge forms part of our updated Surface Access strategy and sustainable travel plans.

'We updated these plans after reviews were conducted of all airport projects in light of the collapse in passenger numbers experienced at Heathrow due to the impacts of the pandemic and the subsequent loss of £5million a day.'

The charge will apply to all vehicles entering the drop-off forecourts of Heathrow’s terminals - though blue badge holders and emergency vehicles will be exempt.

Heathrow chiefs say the areas will be marked up with 'clear signage' on roads in and around the airport to 'ensure drivers are fully aware' of chargeable areas.

The charge zones will be enforced using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, with the charge being paid online, via mobile phone or an automated telephone service.

Parking fines will be handed out to those who do not pay the charge, Heathrow bosses warned.

Around 170,000 cars and private hire vehicles were recorded as travelling within the airport in 2019 - pre-pandemic - of which around 45,000 were those working on site.

If traffic figures return to pre-pandemic levels, and just half of the remaining 125,000 vehicles were there to drop off passengers at departures in the charge zones, the airport could rake in as much as £300,000-a-day in parking charges - equivalent to around £100million each year.

Heathrow made around £126million in parking fees in 2018, without drop-off charges.

However, while the move will provide a much-needed cash injection for Heathrow, it has today been criticised by taxi unions.

They warn it could inflict further damage on an industry which has already been hit badly by the Covid pandemic.

Dave Lawrie from the National Private Hire and Taxi Association said he understood why airports implement such charges, and that others already had similar schemes in place.

But, speaking to MailOnline, he said: 'With the Covid situation, I think our industry should be exempt.'

Mr Lawrie said the charge would be passed on to customers - which could drive business away from taxi and private hire vehicles.

Heathrow bosses meanwhile say the £5 charge is less than the up to £15 fee it had planned to charge under its 'Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge 'HVAC' plan.

Airport bosses say they had hoped to introduce the charge, of between £10-15, ahead of the opening of its third runway, along with a Heathrow Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (HULEZ) by 2022.

However they say the £5 drop-off charge replaces these proposals.

Airport chiefs say the car parks will continue to operate as normal and that a free drop off option remains at its long stay car parks, where passengers can take a free bus transfer to the terminal.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:46 pm 
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'We have always said that we would consider introducing a form of road user charging and several other approaches to improve air quality and reduce congestion at Heathrow.

What a load of old fanny?

This has got nothing to do with air quality and everything to do with greed.

And isn't the height of hypocrisy for an airport to moan about pollution.

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