Congestion Charge

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Congestion Charge is a flat rate charge levied by Greater London on each vehicle entering London begining in 2003. Brainchild of London Mayor Ken Livingstone the fees are designed to reduce both the intense traffic congestion of central London and the resulting air pollution from emissions that degrade the quality of life in one of the planet's most interesting cities.

On November 2006, Livingston announced that the congestion charge program would be used to discourage use of environmentally harmful sport utility vehicles (SUVs) or "Chelsea Tractors" owners by imposing fees of £25 or U.S. $47 each time they enter the Cemtral London during peak travel periods beginning in 2009. Also affected atre sports cars like the Porsche 911 and luxury cars like the Roll-Royce Phantom, Jaguar X-Type and BMW 335i.


  • "London Congestion Tax Used to Punish SUVs, Sports Car Owners." The November 11, 2006.


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