Drivers dropping passengers off at Heathrow Airport will have to pay a £ 5 fee as of today – this is how it works

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    Holders of the blue ID do not have to pay the fee

    If you have a valid UK or European Economic Area blue badge you do not have to pay the £ 5 fee. If you as a passenger are dropped off by someone with a blue sticker, the driver is also exempt. You must apply for this waiver either prior to travel, on the day of return, or by 11:59 p.m. the following day.

    As part of your application, you will be asked to provide the following information:

    • License Plate
    • Visit date
    • Blue ID number
    • Email-address
    • Flight number
    • Illustration of the front and back of the blue badge

    A discount of 100% also applies to your vehicle if it is registered with the DVLA in one of these categories:

    • As a breakdown vehicle
    • A two-wheeled motorcycle
    • Valet parking at Heathrow
    • Bus or coach

    Black taxis are exempt from paying the fee – for now

    Black taxis receive a 100% discount. However, this is only valid until April 1st, 2022. It’s unclear what will happen after that date, but we’ll update the piece as soon as we know more.

    However, this discount only applies to black taxis; all other taxis must pay the £ 5 fee. This includes taxi companies like Uber, Bolt, and Ola, but it’s up to each individual company to choose whether to pay the bill themselves or add it to passengers’ bills.

    You can avoid the fee by dropping passengers off in long-term parking

    If you can’t or don’t want to pay the new fee, you can drive to one of the long-term car parks at Heathrow and stay there for 30 minutes for free. Passengers can then take a free bus transfer to their terminal. The drive to your terminal takes between five and 18 minutes, depending on the parking lot you are coming from. So this is only an option if you allow for the extra time. It is not possible to walk from a long-term car park.

    Drivers can also drive to short-term parking spaces, but fees apply from the point of entry.



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