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Costly Congestion Charges For Cars Essay

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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’. ...view middle of the document...

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
elderly man within ten miles of the city centre.

If the council is serious about congestion charges, why not make
public transport more appealing? I could easily get the tube to work,
if I wanted to spend ten minutes with my face pressed firmly against
the armpit of a man of rhinocheros proportions. Buses are no better;
the drivers are unhelpful, unfriendly and incapable of driving at a
reasonable speed.

Soon enough, us drivers will be paying for everymile we drive, for
time we change gears, and for every extra passenger we carry. Things
will soon be going from bad to worse. There will be no familar and
peaceful buzzing of cars late at night, there will be no “I woke up
late, I’ll drive” and no smiling lolly pop lady outside your kids
school.

London is not the only place to be affected by these charges; pretty
soon any large city in the country will see them too. Only people
power will put a stop to this. Make your choice; say no to congestion
charges.

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