Can't believe what I've just heard - London to raise daily congestion charge by 30% to a daily rate of £15 ($20 US) and extend the hours to 7 am to 10pm - now 7 days a week. Have an older car then you'll also have to pay a Toxicity charge - adding another £10 to the daily rate - so a vehicle older than 2006 is charged £25 ($32) daily plus of course parking - which in the City of London is £1.70 per 15 mins for on street parking for cars older than 2005, £1.30 for newer cars and a bargain £1 per 15 minutes for electric/hybrid or hydrogen cars. WOW
To further dampen my appetite for driving in my home city I am faced with a speed limit of 20MPH and should I be brave enough to drive to the edge of the congestion zone then I doubt I'll find anywhere to park in order to get on public transport anyway.
I know, I'll get on my bicycle or walk - spending by Transport for London (the authority in charge of congestion) is now spening just 2.5% of the budget (down from 6%) on cycling/walking.
Get myself a greener new car - think again, the greener vehicle discount has been ended, there is an ultra low emmision discount I think but I've lost the will to fight now - I reminisce about the good old days when all I had to worry about when I used to drive into the West End for a meal, theatre or pub - finding a parking space. Now I need to make sure I'm not too early, keep under 20MPH, drive a new car and that it is Ultra Low Emmision - how will restaurents, theatres and pubs survive with Covid 19 + congestion charges, who will bother going to church on a sunday morning in London - it's not as though the transport options are great and they are bloody expensive as well for a family like mine. I know, I'll just stay at home and become even more isolated.
Am I alone in my driving frustration? Am I an old dinasaur that is out of touch with what people want in London now (did I mention that 86% of businesses surveyed hate the CC and that air quality has not seen any significant improvements)? more at https://www.talinked.com/show-library-item/556