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Congestion Charging 1. What is CONGESTION? Why is it a bad thing? Congestion is a pile up of traffic that isn't moving. It normally occurs in urban areas where there are a lot of major businesses, and an enormous number of people either, travelling to work by car, going shopping or passing by to reach another destination. A pure example of congestion is Central London. It is extremely high, especially on the weekdays when most people are working, not only at the shops, markets and restaurants but also at the banks and offices. Those who live outside London either have to wake up very early and use the public transport or the other solution is to travel by car. Today the majority of people prefer to travel from one destination to another by car, whether it is a short or long distance, for the majority it is faster and reliable. 2. What is CONGESTION CHARGING? Why will it entail? * London suffers the worst traffic congestion in the UK and amongst the worst in Europe. * Drivers spend a day and a half in traffic every week. ...read more.


You do get a �40 discount if you pay within two weeks. If you run up more than three unpaid fines, snatch squads can come and take your car away. WHO IS EXEMPT? Disabled drivers. Certain health service employees and patients. Emergency services, army and breakdown vehicles. Motorbikes and mopeds. Black cabs and licensed minicabs. Buses and coaches with nine or more seats. 3. Who might benefit from CONGESTION CHARGING? For 3.1 Lawyers are for congestion charging because they have to attend a lot of appointments on time. The congestion charging scheme will prevent congestion and more people will be using the public transport. For lawyers who earn a lot of money per day, �5 is a minor fee and they can reach their destination faster than before. 3.2 Those people who are not willing to travel into the city by car and pay a �5 fee will travel by train, tube, coach, bus etc so the public transport and other private transport companies have a higher chance of expanding their yearly profit margin as they will be getting more customers. 3.3 Major firms like Safeway are for congestion charging. ...read more.


This will mainly affect the residents living on the outside of the congestion-charging zone because the amount of parking space will become limited. This will also result a sudden increase in noise pollution. 6. What do you think about CONGESTION CHARGING? Why? I think congestion charging is a good method of preventing people to drive into Central London and decrease congestion and pollution. It persuades more people to use the public transport instead. In the long term this will result to less noise and a better environment. The roads will be less busy so taxis, coaches and buses can take the commuters to their destination on time and the lorries can transport goods from one destination to another faster than before. There will be fewer chances of road accidents and grid locks. 7. Will it affect you and your family? This won't affect my family fortunately because my father is registered as a disabled driver so he is exempted. My mother doesn't work or travel often into Central London either. However a lot of my uncles, aunties and other family friends who are working in the city face the problem of reaching their work placeon time, mainly because of delays on the public transport. ...read more.

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