Embassies owe £70m in Congestion charges

Diplomatic missions in London have racked up debt worth £70,068,175 in unpaid congestion charges, according to figures released by Transport for London.

The US Embassy owes the most with £7.5 million, followed by Japan, Russia, Nigeria and Germany. These missions, along with a third of the diplomatic corps, have boycotted payment because they claim the charge is a tax and thus contravenes international law.

TFL is now urging the FCO to take the matter up with the International Court of Justice to rule on the matter.