• Nov 14th 2006 at 1:59PM
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The city of London, England must just not like us enthusiasts. In an effort to reduce congestion and emissions in the city, the government will impose a tax to enter the city. The cost will be based on the level of emissions a vehicle emits, in bands of A through G.

The dollar amounts seem preposterous to most drivers, but UK Mayor Ken Livingstone feels that the drivers of sports and luxury cars can afford it, and will have no choice beginning in 2009 if they want to drive their beloved cars in the city of London.

The driver of a Porsche 911 or even most SUV's would have to pay a tax of £25 (US $47) every time he or she enters the city. So if you work in the city or have to take your kids to school 5 days per week, that works out to a staggering £6500 (US $12,220) per year! For that you could lease another 911 or even buy a vacation home in the country.

Let's hope that someone comes to his or her senses before 2009, or you may never see a sports car in London again.

Thanks to Richard for the tip!

[Source: thenewspaper.com]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Brilliant. It'll make driving an expensive, polluting car even more of a status and wealth symbol. Pretty soon the only cars in central London will be Bentley's, Aston Martins, Rolls-Royces, Porsches and Ferraris owned by rich bankers.

      Not that anyone else can afford to live in London anyway. Gotta love those limousine liberals...

      • 8 Years Ago
      that is extreme.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #9, Jordan... um, you realize this is not the United States, right?

      • 8 Years Ago
      "Red Ken" is a socialist. Duh. Londoners, and Britons in general, complain about his radical leftist policies, but Londoners vote him in office. This new effort by Livingstone is no surprise. But it is ridiculous. On the other hand, London is a terrible city to commute in.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To #12. Muslims extremists are perfectly willing to knock down several city blocks for nothing. They will feel no remorse for destroying anything historical. And, they'll take a huge number of the population with the buildings which solves the gridlock problem and the need to tax SUV's and Sports Cars.

      Of course I am jesting......:)

      • 8 Years Ago
      Look. I live in the UK and i can assure you all this scheme has nothing whatsoever to do with Easing Gridlock & Congestion. It is and has always been about REVENUE GENERATION.

      Facts are:
      More Congestion & Gridlock are caused on London Roads from Roadworks and Bus Lanes than from actual Vehicle Quantities (These Roadworks are usually Inefficient and unnecessary, just more money for construction companies)

      Buses & Black Cabs are the Worst Polluters on London Roads and the way the Bus Lanes are marked out, they cause the most amount ofGridlock.

      People are going to use what is convinent for them and an SUV that seats 7 is better fo the school run than a Smart ForTwo. so will have no option but to pay these Fees. ( Remember We also pay Exorbitant Fuel Duties so this is a form of Multiple Taxation)

      Finaly you have to see the history behind this Situation.
      The group charged with Examining the London Traffic problems is being Sponsored by the Transportation Companies so it is CLEAR that their findings / Prescribed Solutions would be heavily biased in favour of Plubic Transportation Systems.

      So what has happened is that first the current Road Network has been more than halved by Marking a huge portion of them Bus Lanes Only/ Then reglar residential roads have been sectioned into Parking Bays and you have to Pay an annual fee just to park on your Street or if you are visiting, then you Pay at a Machine on the street (Failure to display a Parking Permit or Ticket will result in you getting a Penalty notice or your Vehicle Towed Away £50 for the former and £200 for the latter)

      An AMAZING array of cameras with License Plate Recognition Software are arranged over every possible entrance into Central London and Every Vehicle that goes past those cameras is checked and if it is not a BlackCab or Police Vehicle or Emergency Vehicle (Fire Engines/Ambulances etc) it is logged into the system and if by 10.00pm you have not payed your £8 Congestion Charge, the fee goes up to £10 and after Midnight £50 (After Numerous Complaints over 4 years the system has now been modified so you can pay the following day if you forgot on the initial day)

      Oh, I forgot. If you happen to live within the area Designated the "Congestion Charge Area" If you move your vehicle then you have to pay £2 for the day, so that is an extra £730 for somebody like myself who just happens to live in the area and drive everyday (Can you say Stealth Tax)

      Bottom Line is.
      This Government Generated over £37 Billion GPB from Vehicle/Road & Fuel Duties from UK car Drivers yet they invested less than £7 Billion in Road Maintenance, What the hell did they do with the rest of the money ??
      • 8 Years Ago
      London is no place for the car enthusiast. Well that's obvious, it never has been, traffic, narrow streets, peds, bikes, market stalls, horses, cabs etc. The only reason to drive a 911 around is status. So we strip away that particular avenue of self expression, so what? People who can drive 911s won't actually care. They'll just garage them at their second homes and find another way to display their wealth and taste around the city. It's called CHANGE. And why not experiment with it? What harm is this actually doing? And before there's talk about legality and rights, remember this is England, a priviledge-based society, not a right-based society. If you live over there, you've got to earn it my son.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Obviously it will be cheaper to just buy or rent a garage parking spot just inside the boundaries. Your 911 will enter the central core just once. Drive your Hummer to the boundary, walk across the street, and you've defeated the whole system.
      • 8 Years Ago
      James Sonne, one of the reasons London is still so filty with air pollution is the fact that the British public are stuck-on-stupid-diesels instead of petrol-hybrids.

      Before you start whinging about a know-nothing 'murcan, I've lived in the UK for a total of 9 years of my life, okay?

      Now, when I went back on hols to the UK 18 months ago, I have to say I was absolutely shocked at the LACK of interest in petrol-hybrids.

      In two weeks of travel throughout the West Midlands, and on up to and all through Scotland, I saw five Prius cars and not one single Honda hybrid (which are highly distinctive since the Honda Civic hybrid is the only saloon/sedan Civic sold in the UK).

      Now, I put on the Beeb (BBC) for only 1/2 hour in the entire 2 1/2 weeks we were there, and what did the news show present? Diesel exhausts were proven to cause cancer.

      So, 17months later, I look on the internet news and find the Scottish health authority stating that because high-speed diesels (read: AUTOMOBILE diesels, not heavy trucks) have smaller 'soot' compared to bigger diesels, they are declaring diesel exhausts to be a major health hazard, and the cause of heart attacks!

      In fact, I can tell you and anyone else who is in the UK or Europe, that my 2005 Prius obtains more MPG than a (so-called) SMART car diesel, which has 3 fewer seats and far less luggage area. I've had a 27" HDTV,in the box, in my Prius, mate. Try that with a DUMB whoops SMART car.

      Plus if I recall correctly the price of petrol vs. diesel is not much different in the UK, and in fact, throughout much of the US, diesel is more expensive to buy.

      I have heard that there is going to be a hybrid black taxi, which will help a lot. Get those diesels off the road, put CNG powered hybrid busses on the road and ban the sale of new diesel cars in the UK, if you folks care about your health.

      Livingston is a communist anti-American moron, by the way. But, you know what? You Brits have taken the mikey out of we Americans for voting in Bush, but then look at the idiots you vote into place.

      We all desereve the governments we get, when we vote them in, don't we?
      • 8 Years Ago
      #16. I read the article (did better than that, actually, I went and looked up what cars where in what bands...), but I don't think YOU got my point at all.

      Anything that makes a car more expensive has the reverse effect on the high-end car crowd. Cost is a status symbol, and being able to drive to work in central London is being turned into just that, in a place already overflowing with cars as status symbols. One Sunday morning earlier this year, I counted a dozen cars worth more than $200k driving around central London. What's the point of driving a $250k supercar in London traffic other than to show off your wealth?

      Besides, if you think that people with high-end cars are actually paying for these 'taxes', well, let's just say that there is a place for this sort of thing on expense reports.... When your company car is over $100k, $12k of expenses is not so bad, you probably spend more in lunch, gas and parking every day.

      And, it is more expensive cars we are talking about as VED bands are based on CO2 emission, of which engine size is a large factor.

      • 8 Years Ago
      25 pounds??? That's ridiculous... Do it and people will start to use buses often, buses will get overcrowded, then the City Mayor will increase the number of buses and they will pollute as much as or more than all the cars that left entering the city because of the tax...
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's just retarted. One you can't stop congestion. I know that it's good for the environment but London isn't a very large city, the streets aren't that large, so are the streets in Paris. But they aren't charging people for entering the city. But you have to also look at how the streets twist, turn, and loop around London. If they made a couple four lane super highway tunnels that take you around the most frequently used streets that could also help lower traffic volumes. I live in Chicago and we have a street called Wacker drive of course known for wacky drivers but it has a upper level and lower level, stay away from the lower level. That connects you to two expressways and goes through down town. Maybe London needs that.
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