Someone in a Government office has come up with a surefire way to collect more revenue. They’re going to charge drivers of the most polluting cars coming into Central London an extra £12.50 each day on top of the congestion charge.
Will it stop people driving into London? No, it won’t. People need to get to work, and they cannot rely on public transport these days. Some commuters do not possess two new Jaguar cars like that infamous MP, and use their trusty runaround which might not be as young as it used to be, but it gets them there. Now they have to pay the price for not being able to afford a newer car.
All cars are pollutants. The money raised won’t stop people breathing in exhaust fumes as they walk about in Central London. The only way to make the air cleaner is to ban traffic from the city centre altogether. But of course this will never happen, because there’ll be no money made from it.
You can just see where this is going, can’t you? Workers in cash-strapped councils will be rubbing their collective hands together at the chance to charge motorists who want to drive into their particular city. Drivers will have to take wheelbarrow loads of money out with them to get from A to B!
What do you think? Would you pay the extra charge, or use public transport?