Costly Congestion Charges for Cars

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Costly Congestion Charges for Cars

I love my car! So sue me! Am I really the only person living in

England who can hand-on-heart say that the pure convenience, comfort

and care-freeness of cars makes me choose them over subways, buses and

trams? No, I didn’t think so.

I left my office today to find a nonsensical piece of writing (that

is, a parking ticket) had been carefully placed under the windscreen

wiper of my innocent Renault Clio whose back wheel was just barely

touching the yellow line that I had so hastily tried to avoid parking

on this morning. Personally, I find it baffling. When children want

an ice-cream but find that they are a few pennies short of a 99, they

receive a smile and a ‘I’ll let you off this time’. Traffic wardens,

on the other hand, have obviously never been in a hurry, have never

run late and have never found themselves in a 3-mile traffic jam. It

seems that traffic wardens are becoming increasingly similar to

dictators, the Saddam Hussein's of the street, sadistic in their

methods of monomania.

Not only do car drivers, who lets face it, that's most us not brave

enough to face public transport, have to pay for petrol, insurance,

tax and the car itself, we now have to face fines for not just driving

badly, but just, well, driving. Five weeks from now, England will see

its first congestion charges, £5 a day for car drivers to enter the

centre of London between 7am and 6.30pm. These congestion charges

will apparently solve the problems of over crowdedness in London.

Just like speeding tickets stopped speeding and parking tickets

stopped dodgy parking. Oh, hang on...

With all the wealth and prosperity in London, surely more of the

taxpayers pounds could be put into building roads capable of handling

the cities needs? Instead, more and more buses and subways appear,

always carrying the intoxicating stench of urine and providing the

perfect environment for the mugging of any fifteen year old girl or
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