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Congestion charge is an issue because to go through London between Monday and
Friday from 07:00 to 18:00 will cost people money for a permit through London. It was
usually £8.0 0 but may vary on different days as it could increase or decrease (in the
future). Some people may prefer to escape the congestion charge and try not to pay
and when that happens the police gets involved and they take your number plate and
send you a fine of roughly £120.00 and 3 points on your license.
The problems associated with Congestion Charge is:
Pollution - the number of cars emitting pollutants into the atmosphere.
Waste - the petrol being used when cars are at a standstill and engines are
being used inefficiently.
Time lost for those who are working and arrive late to work, meetings, making
deliveries and so on.
The cost for freight transporters in having to adjust times for deliveries and
collection etc. to cope with the congestion - including the cost of the wages of
the drivers, fuel use, etc.
The wear and tear on the roads of the number of vehicles using them.
Cost to the NHS of having to treat people with respiratory diseases - the UK
has the highest incidence of asthma amongst young people in Europe - and the
cost of treating people involved in vehicle accidents.
Cost to employers of people missing work through stress that can occur when
people have to commute every day and get frustrated by their apparent lack of
The cost of policing the roads in and around the capital.
Solutions to Congestion Charge
Oyster card: The Oyster card is a form of electronic ticketing used on public
transport services within the Greater London area of the United Kingdom. It is
promoted by Transport for London. Oyster card is the best way to get around
London's public transport network.
You can pre-loaded an Oyster Card with £15 of pay as you go value.
no need for you to queue up at airports or a station
Easy to use
Used to go on the Tube, Trams, Buses, DLR, London Overground and some
National rail services.
Cheapest way to make journeys
Pay as you go card, can top up when you need to easily
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You can apply for these Oyster Cards by visiting places like Tube station ticket
offices, Royal Mail services, corner shops etc.
Park and Ride: Park and Ride is trying to be used as one of the main solution for
Congestion Charge.…read more
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This is because there have been many deaths over the years because cars
crash into cyclists and mostly motorists at many junctions and roundabouts. The LCC
have supported the idea of marking out cycle routes but do not want to force
everyone to cycle. They only advise people to do it. Also, the LCC want to see more
support and road safety to ensure that these types of accidents don't happen in the
future and they also hope to make separate lanes for cyclists etc.…read more