Gatwick drop off: How to pay the charge

Gatwick drop off: How to pay the charge

July 19, 2022

PCO driving in London can cost you a fortune if you’re not aware of the Parking Charge Notice (PCN) hotspots.

Previously we’ve put together a guide to the London Heathrow Airport terminal drop off charge. As the Otto Team has noticed an increase in Gatwick PCNs, this time we’ll feature London Gatwick Airport to help spread the message to avoid fines for drivers.

From the location of the drop off areas, payment methods to other free drop off options, this article covers everything you need to know about the Gatwick drop off charge.

What is the Gatwick Airport drop off charge?

Introduced in March 2021, the Gatwick Airport terminal drop off charge is a £5 fee (for 10 minutes) that applies to all vehicles dropping off passengers in both North and South Terminals at Gatwick.

Charges:

  • £5 for 10 minutes
  • £1 for each additional minute up to 20 minutes
  • Maximum charge of £25 and the maximum length of stay 30 minutes

The terminal drop off charge is enforced via Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

North Terminal drop off area:

Located on the lower level between the Sofitel and the multi-storey car park

South Terminal drop off area:

Located on the lower level

How to pay the Gatwick drop off charge?

You must by midnight the day after the visit to drop off passengers at the forecourt.

Please note that the charge cannot be paid in the terminal drop off zones. It is only payable online, via autopay.

If you take a lot of Gatwick jobs, visit the airport terminal’s page to create a personal account to register your PCO car with Gatwick and set up auto pay.

What if I fail to pay the Gatwick drop off charge?

If you don’t pay for the Gatwick drop off charge by midnight the next day, you will receive a £100 PCN, which will be reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days. Visit this link to pay a PCN online.

▶️ The Otto Team would like to remind you that we will not register your PCO car with Gatwick Airport on your behalf. This is your responsibility. If you do airport jobs regularly, please set up an Auto Pay account to avoid unnecessary fines.

Are there any free drop off areas?

According to Gatwick terminal, free drop offs are available at the Long Stay terminal car parks (two hours free parking), where passengers can take a free bus transfer to the terminals. Follow the signs for ‘North Terminal long stay’ or ‘South Terminal long stay’.

Find out more about Gatwick’s long stay car park here.

Do private hire vehicles have discounts?

Unfortunately not. Private hire vehicles (PHVs) don’t have a discount from the terminal drop off charge. As a PCO driver, you need to pay the charge if you drop off in the terminal drop off zones.

However, if you’re a local resident (RH6 0, RH6 9, RH11 0), you could apply for your Local Commuter Scheme permit.

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