It aint about the traffic, it’s all about the money

via BBC

via BBC

Globe trotting Whaleoil reader johcar reports from London

Having walked around central London for a couple of days now, I really only have one question : “How’s that congestion charging working for you, London?”

I guess the argument could be made that it would be worse without it, but if I can overtake a car while walking and beat it to the next set of lights, there’s something seriously wrong with the concept of congestion charging…

Coming soon to a city near me… 🙁


The basic truth is that congestion charges are just another tax levied by the city.  They are generally publicly targeted at paying for additional public transport instead of roading.  But as we’re starting to see in Auckland, and Wellington, they keep stealing perfectly good paid-for roads for busses, trains and cycleways.   None of that improves traffic congestion.


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