MYT332
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Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:42 am

Well, let's all point and laugh at the following:



We received this a few days ago for driving in London, imagine that? In our defence we are Northerner's but I doubt that will let us off the £50 fine.

Interesting to see that they actually send you a photo of your car, I've only seen this practice in other countries.

So who else has had the honour of getting one of these or are you all smart and take the tube/just pay the congestion charge at the time?

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gkirk
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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:44 am

Serves you right for being foolish enough to go to Londres in the first place
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mbmbos
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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:44 am

I'm not clear on what a congestion charging is. Will you please explain it?

Thanks,

- MBM
 
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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:46 am

Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 2):
Will you please explain it?

You have to pay to drive in Central London or somethign?
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dazultra
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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:48 am

should have changed the plates to P155 OFF

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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:49 am

Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 2):
MBMBOS

Basically the centre of london now has a charge to reduce traffic, what happens is you have to pay something like 15 pounds and get a lil slip that you put on your windscreen so if you drvie through or park in london you dont get fined, basically another scam like cameras!!!

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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:54 am

Why do you think we keep a Portuguese registered car in the UK? No speed cameras, no congestion charges, no parking tickets...
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BCAL
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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:55 am

Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 2):
Will you please explain it?

In a nutshell, it is a tax on motorists who drive into the Central London area. The objective is to try and reduce congestion on the roads, which are hopelessly inadequate to cater for the number of vehicles that were driving in Central London. Some vehicles are exempted (eg buses, Hackney taxis, ambulances etc) and local residents qualify for a 90% discount.

The congestion charge zone is contained by the 'Inner Ring Road' which links Euston Road, Pentonville Road, Tower Bridge, Elephant & Castle, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Park Lane and Marylebone Road.

Motorists wishing to enter the controlled zone between 7am and 6.30pm on Mondays to Fridays will need to pay a charge (the Congestion Charge). There will be no charge on public holidays.

The charge can be paid either in advance or on the day. The registration numbers of these vehicles being registered will be entered into a database. Drivers will not be required to display a licence.

The number plates of vehicles entering or moving within the zone will be observed by a network of fixed and mobile cameras. The number plates collected by the cameras will be cross checked against the database of registered vehicles. The owner of any vehicle within the central zone without having paid (unless exempt/discounted) will be liable to a penalty charge
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mbmbos
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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:57 am

Ah, I see. I thought it might be along the lines of causing congestion. For instance, in Manhattan, you can be fined (up to $500) for getting stuck in the middle of an intersection during a light change. So, those people who gun it into the middle just before the light turns yellow or red, are discouraged from creating major traffic tie-ups.

Paying extra to travel through the middle of town is an interesting concept. Guess you'll have to watch out for those evil cameras!

Thanks for explaining.

- MBM
 
vc10
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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:02 am

Living just outside of London, I think all people who live in London should pay our council a congestion charge for journeys in our area between Friday and Monday  crowded 

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BCAL
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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:06 am

Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 8):
Paying extra to travel through the middle of town is an interesting concept

Other councils in England are watching how the Congestion Charge works in London, with a view to introducing it in other major towns and cities (not necessarily gridlocked ones). It is seen as a easy way of raising revenue from the motorist (who is an easy target for taxation), and it does to a limited degree reduce the traffic.

My own city council was considering raising congestion charges on private cars entering the city centre that did not carry passengers. They quickly shelved the idea when they were informed that many drivers would then have a dummy or an inflatable rubber doll sitting in a passenger seat to escape the charge!
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RE: Congestion Charging In Action

Thu Mar 23, 2006 8:45 am

If I am correct, doesn't Singapore also have a similar scheme? I understand this charge has defenitely made it a lot easier to get around Central London, improving the speed of traffic, especially the buses.
Apparently this charge doesn't apply to non-UK registration plate cars? Is that fair?
Here in the USA, we tend to use tolls on selected roads (NJ Turnpike for example), major bridges and tunnels that are access to major city central business districts (like both tunnels and the bridge from New Jersey, one tunnel from the east of Manhattan and a tunnel from Brooklyn to lower Manhattan).

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