Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Congestion charge Hike - London

Starting from the 4th of July 2005, the Congestion charge in london is hiked to 8£.

What is this CC??

If any vehicle has to be driven inside central london mon-fri 7.30am-6.30pm, a penalty of 5£ a day has to be paid. This has been recently hiked to 8£ [approximately the cost of 10 lites of fuel].

Does it sound attrocious??? Wait a sec..

There were huge protests when this was introduced 2 yrs back, but later this has been found to be extremely effective. CC has served as a great deterent for using private transport within the city. [with the narrow victorian edwardian and georgian roads]. Statistics show that, the roads have been decongested heavily, the pollution levels dropped considerably, accidents reduced a lot, the number of people using the public transport increased, made all of the Tube,Train,Ferry,Tram,Bus run to capacity, making commuting safer, cleaner, faster and cheaper. The amount collected through the CC is again ploughed back into building the transport infrastructure of the city.

Now, what if this is put in place in Chennai/Trichy/xyz town in namma ooru??, where the astronomical surge of two-wheelers over the past decade has literally suffocated the city, a system like this would be a great thing.

But, before this, a strong public transport network needs to be in place providing an effective alternative to private transport.

Ada pongappa.. edhavadhu nadakkaradha pathi pesuvom.. hmm.. :(


At Wed Jul 06, 01:54:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yah..this can be welcomed with both the hands in the highly congested city like bangalore. Commuting via hosur road to elec city everyday is HELL for SWP like me. Though its not the center of the city still :( No of cars wud decrease drastically and people will make use of the Co buses. But what do u think shuld be the min CC amount thats should be levied to discourage the use of cars and 2 wheelers?

At Wed Jul 06, 08:35:00 PM CDT, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

in india if the cc charge was levied, imagine the extent of corruption, only gus wholl celebrate are the cops, no 1 else. but as u said indian cities shud work towards reducing t raffic congestion

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