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US tops congestion charge debt

#1
Although there has been a thread on this, here is the latest.


The update on the Robbing C Charge.

UNPAID CHARGES OCT '05 - APRIL '06

1. US £271,000
2. Nigeria £202,150
3. Angola £127,150
4. Sudan £94,250
5. Switzerland £52,300

The US embassy has said it does not intend to pay the fees, instead claiming diplomatic privilege.

Good on them. I feel sorry for all the residents within the zone. Why should they pay to travel in and out. Time to rid London of this idiot of a Mayor.
 
#2
I agree too, its a tax nothing less. We already pay Income tax, road fund license and council tax. Would not be so bad but the roads are no better than they were before the tax was introduced. The idiot Mayor was a pillock of the highest order when the GLC was wasting millions of pounds and ruining London why anyone voted for him is beyond me.
 
#5
PartTimePongo said:
Why should they pay to travel in and out
To reduce the number of cars going in and out. It wqould be interesting to see the air quality surveys for the periods pre- and post congestion charging.
PTP I see your point, I think you will find they are reduced but don't forget the fact that cars and commercials have to be built to Eco V now, not Eco I as when the charge was first introduced and the minor impact that tax banding for emissions has had. Given that the vast bulk of pollution comes from Trucks, Buses and Taxis with a much greater overall average age and therefore dirtier engines, Routemaster has only just gone out of service and produced the same volume of NOx per mile as 40 cars! Before anyone says oh a bus carriers 80 people etc. If you measure total passenger miles divided by fuel consumed and volumes of CO2 and NOx, buses are not as ecologically sound as we are led to believe unless on the very busy routes. Have a look at the buses driving past, notice how much smoke there is?
 
#6
What I do notice, is it is much easier to get round certain parts of the Metropolis now. For people coming into London from outside, I think it's a fair initative. Not so sure about people who live inside the North and South Circulars though.
 
#8
Have you seen the trouble on the fringes though, bloody awful, traffic trying to go round and its a bllody nightmare just before the cahrge ends, people pulling up and waiting just outside the zone. Is the scheme still making a loss?
 
#9
WhiteHorse said:
Have you seen the trouble on the fringes though, bloody awful, traffic trying to go round and its a bllody nightmare just before the cahrge ends, people pulling up and waiting just outside the zone. Is the scheme still making a loss?
So there's congestion because of the congestion charge.

Isn't this the ideal time to introduce a congestion charge?

Again.
 
#10
Is the congestion charge, actually not a tax but a service charge?
Also did not the NYT have a leader saying that if the Americans paid road tolls in places like Singapore why not London? Finally they also made the point that British diplomats paid their toll charges in the states.
 
#11
castlereagh said:
Is the congestion charge, actually not a tax but a service charge?
Also did not the NYT have a leader saying that if the Americans paid road tolls in places like Singapore why not London? Finally they also made the point that British diplomats paid their toll charges in the states.
For what service? Congestion free roads? Only thing is they are not congestion free, although since the price went up to £8 they are a bit lighter. If you pay for something you should get it, not get ripperd off.
 
#12
My memory on this is a little fuzzy, but I dont remember Red Ken lambasting the other countries on the list for not paying the charge, only the US. Glad I dont live in London with that tool in charge but he still makes us all look bad.
 
#16
WhiteHorse said:
For what service? Congestion free roads? Only thing is they are not congestion free, although since the price went up to £8 they are a bit lighter. If you pay for something you should get it, not get ripperd off.
The point that Livingstone would make is if other diplomats including the Americans pay road charges in other places, why not here?
Not defending Livingstone (his statement on it was just purile) but I just don't understand why the Americans are not paying up, since they pay tolls in other countries.
 
#17
mushroom said:
I thuoght he hated the UK more than anywhere else - Mistersoft.
Had to edit to get rid of a shite post. Replaced it with a slightly less shite post.

Red Ken only hates the parts of the UK he can't control so that's all of it EXCEPT London.

I wonder if he has a ceremonial outfit, I'd love to see him in something long, dark and flowing.

Like a river.
 

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