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Lower Regent St

540air says:

Those rascals get everywhere.

I'm up that way tomorrow, going to Harley Street (posh name dropping there ;) ), to see a customer, so I'll keep an eye out for them.

1st Mar 2007, 17:36

goode says:

deposits only

1st Mar 2007, 17:40

goode says:

i'm totally ignorant, how do the congestion charges work anyway?

1st Mar 2007, 17:41

540air says:

Basically, if you want to drive into the centre of London you have to pay £8 for the privilege of using the roads. They have cameras everywhere that monitor number plates so you can't fiddle it, but the idea is to discourage people from driving in and make them use public transport.

Personally I think it's a good idea.

1st Mar 2007, 17:51

teflon says:

I heard that in some parts of the new extended zone, Transport for London put up their number-plate recognition cameras - then the local council said 'ehh, no, you don't have planning permission for any of these', and made them take them all down again.

1st Mar 2007, 17:53

gooldennads says:

I thought we paid road tax so that we could use the roads, this sucks cant wait to pay £1.50 a mile.

1st Mar 2007, 17:58

goode says:

premium rate roads! lol

i agree with 540 though it does seem like a good idea! does it work?

1st Mar 2007, 18:06

Rhys says:

It works fine and is a good idea until someone replicates your number plate - as what happened to someone I know! Then you have to spend hours pleading and proving you were about 100 miles away from London on that day you were supposedly caught.

1st Mar 2007, 18:46

goode says:

surely the fact that "number plate X" doesn't match "car Z" would be evidence enough?

1st Mar 2007, 18:47

Rhys says:

Yes, exactly. But somehow they still need hours of convincing!

1st Mar 2007, 18:51

goode says:

silly billys

that's local councils for you!

1st Mar 2007, 18:52

James says:

Also congestion figures did drop a lot in the first18 months, but now they're going back up as businesses adjust to paying the extra charges...

There's talk of introducing it in Birmingham (near where I live) but to be honest, as a non driver I think I'm qualified to say that the public transport system is shit and they'll have to do a lot of work to it to convince people to give up their cars!

1st Mar 2007, 18:56

Rhys says:

Indeed.

Yes, Goode!

And yes to James. Public transport is shocking. People won't switch to it until it improves. They need to make the first move before people start using it more regulary.

1st Mar 2007, 19:00

Euphro (NLI) says:

From what I've heard as well, the new extended zone has increased congestion in the old area because the new area includes quite a lot of residential streets. People who would have avoided the congestion charging zone previously now live within it so get a 90% reduction.

1st Mar 2007, 20:01

my white van is going to get a paint job before it next visits london - ka-ching!

1st Mar 2007, 23:36

btw, what is this public transport of which you speak? Is it an idea that might catch on in rural wales?

1st Mar 2007, 23:38

swamprose says:

Toronto is looking at London's example. We need help. too many cars coming downtown every day. But this van is something I never imagined.

2nd Mar 2007, 12:36

Viv says:

I noticed the difference

2nd Mar 2007, 19:42

JokerXL says:

Clamp the Ba£"$%rd!

2nd Mar 2007, 20:11

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