Introduced in February 2003, London’s Congestion Charge has now been with us for over 10 years and remains one of the world’s largest congestion charge zones.
It was set up in order to ease congestion and reduce the environmental impact, as well as to raise funds for London’s transport system. A standard charge of £10 for each day a motorist uses the designated areas in a non-exempt vehicle, with a penalty of between £65 and £195 for those who fail to make the payment. Number plate recognition is enforced to catch those not paying the Congestion Charge whilst Transport for London (TFL) is the responsible body behind the scheme.
Of course, London is not the only city in the world operating a congestion charge, with Stockholm in Sweden, Milan in Italy and Singapore also implementing the system. All these cities incurred varying levels of opposition of the charge to drive within their limits, but after positive results have been fed back from the time they have been in operation, increased amounts of the public have now warmed to the scheme.
Further cities have given the congestion charge system a go, but major opposition meant that these plans were scrapped, with Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Manchester and New York all failing to finalise their systems.
The kind people over at www.carfinance247.co.uk have produced the following infographic that highlights all the elements of the congestion charge around the world and the reception it has received by those that incur it: