Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Smiling because you don't drive a chelsea tractor?

Well, you may have to drive that smile off your face if you have cause to stray into the London congestion zone on occasion, as Ken's new £25 'gas-guzzler' charge is going to catch an awful lot of ordinary family cars out too.

This from BBC News reports that non 4x4's, but still categorised as members of the chelsea tractor club, such as the Peugeot 407 SW and several models of the Vauxhall Zafira range will also fall into the £25 bracket because their emissions exceed the 225g/km emissions limit.

As they say, if you don't catch enough fish, spread the net further.

1 comment:

Peter said...

Well, at least it's targetting emissions.

However, this move from congestion to enviromental charges seems a little suspect, at least when it comes to actual motivations.

I still wonder about the pollution caused by such as Ken's favourite form of elitist public transport, the taxi.

There's also the small matter of logic that a Zafira driven a few miles morning and evening gets slammed for 'congesting' and/or 'emitting', but the Islingtonistas can pry out the Prius to scoot hither and thither all day, leaving the Range Rover and Aston for the weekend.

Let's see how much moolah this one actually makes after 'costs', and what the actual enviROI turns out to be.

Sorry, my trust fact is... low.

Also I am now wondering hwo this gets sorted logistically next time I need to take stuff to the 'smoke.

Will they tell me what I owe or am supposed to find out and risk a fine if wrong?