According to The Daily Mail, the city of London has slapped President Barack Obama with a £120 fine for failing to pay congestion charges during his most recent visit to the UK capitol. The fine evens out to around $193 at current conversion rates. When the president visited London in May, city mayor Boris Johnson asked our head of state to pay £10 (around $16.30) for every vehicle in the presidential motorcade. The U.S. embassy politely refused to pay the congestion charges on the basis that the 1960 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations prohibits any tax on a diplomatic mission.

London, meanwhile, argues that the congestion charges are not a tax.

Since the charges were enacted in 2003, various U.S. citizens have collected a whopping £5 million (around $8M) across 45,005 unpaid congestion fees. That puts the U.S.A. head and shoulders above other countries with similar outstanding fees. All told, 62 countries have an outstanding balance of more than £100,000 and 14 nations face charges of more than £1 million, including Russia, Japan, Germany and Nigeria. The total combined sum of all those fees is more than £50 million ($80.9M) – and that doesn't even touch the city's parking fines.


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      rgee01
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish the White House would hire a decent detailer. The Presidential limo is in really rough shape in that picture, and in every other picture I've seen. Full of terrible swirls. Do they wash the thing with a brillo pad?
      Toddster
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a load of crap. International treaties trump any stupid local ordinances!! This is not news worthy!!!
        Toddster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Toddster
        Also, we should remind them that if it weren't for our ancestors they would be speaking GERMAN!!!!!!
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Toddster
          Toddster, you must hate the fact you speak ENGLISH.
          rocketmoose
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Toddster
          Are you Russian, then?
          Jack Davies
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Toddster
          Really? A news article about congestion charge and you pipe up about WW2? Damn, you guys need to change the record. However if we're going down that route, any American citizen is technically British anyway, seeing as you came from over here, and what language are you speaking? Oh that's right, ours.
      ijardine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Somehow I also doubt that the UK diplomats at the UN in New York and their embassy in Washington and other consulate ooffices are paying ANY of their parking tickets etc. in the US.
      Christian Rome Caspe
      • 3 Years Ago
      "According to The Daily Mail" I stop reading after this
      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they want their money back then do the same/similar thing in the US, boycott all the parking fines in Washington DC. Tbh I bet the same thing happens to all other countries. Foreign embassy owes loads of stupid fines to one countries and another.
      Justin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porter Cable DA polisher and some poor boys swirl remover would do wonders to that Caddy....
      bscmth
      • 3 Years Ago
      If anyone... he should understand the importance of taxes. ;-)
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bscmth
        I think he does, Bush cut taxes (revenue) squandered the budget surplus, ran up the deficit and we ended up with -8 million jobs. The top 10 percent has 90% of the money but only pays 50% of the taxes.
      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like Dennis Miller say, don't pay fuk'em!! Haha.
      zzzzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just pay it. We are a much larger and more powerful nation, and they probably need the money pretty badly.
      JDSKinner82
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ all the 'F**k the brits' and 'would be Germany', don't forget which tiny little island put you on that massive continent. If it wasn't for us the place you call home would be covered in wigwams and camp fires.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JDSKinner82
        Actually, this land was always here, and it wasn't a Brit that discovered the Americas. Amerigo Vespucci (a navigator) did, and got the whole damn place named in his honor. You Brits just came along later and stole it.
          marcosc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          I agree but, you left one thing out. That was the time they took on the Disney characters too.
          AldenBiesen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          And, of course, the Asians. Native Americans actually came from Asia by way of a freezed over bering Strait. All very interesting, really.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      caddy-v
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Mayor Johnson, This can be resolved quite easily. Swear out a warrant for Obama to appear and the 61% of Americans that think he's an idiot will work out a way to extradite him. You can hold him in the Tower of London for as long as you desire, or more preferably, as long as we desire. Is waterboarding legal in England?
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