London driver Barny Crocker offers up some anecdotes about Congestion Charging.
"...there is definitely less traffic in London since the Congestition Zone came into existence. And it is easier to get around if you do go in the zone..."
StreetFilms thanks Barny and cameraperson Anu Gopalakrishnan for sending this along.
<p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Barny Crocker:</i>
[00:09] The congestion charge came into play about seven years ago in
London. At first it was just Central London, the city basically.
But recently they’ve just expanded the congestion charge to include
West London, so parts of Nottingham and Kensington. I try and
go into Central London as little as possible now because it costs me
£8 each time, which is a lot of money. There was massive resistance
to the congestion charge when it was first brought in, but as soon as
it came in I think everyone was quite surprised about how effective
it was. So when they doubled the price a few months ago, I think
people accepted it quietly. If you don’t pay your £8 daily
congestion charge by midnight of the day that you’ve been in the zone,
they fine you. They take a photo of your number plate, find out
where you live, contact you and you are issued with a £50 fine, or
£100 if you don’t pay within two weeks. There’s definitely
less traffic now in London since the congestion zone came into existence.
It’s easier to get round if you do go in the zone. So it has
been successful. From what I know of New York, it sounds like
a busy place, it sounds like it could definitely help congestion.
I’m sure it won’t be popular but sometimes you’ve got to do what
you got to do. </font> <br></p>