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Congestion Charge Set to Spread

eGov monitor Weekly

17 March 2003

Representatives from each London borough have been invited to meet with the capital's transport authority this week to discuss the possible expansion of central London's hi-tech congestion charging scheme.

Local authority transport officials are due to enter into talks with Transport for London on Friday to assess whether the extension of the charging zone would help to resolve their traffic problems.

Buoyed by the apparent early success of the charging scheme, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has encouraged boroughs to consider establishing their own 'satellite' zones around congestion hot-spots. The move comes amid reports that some 25 per cent of the £80 penalty notices issued for non-payment are being disputed.

In a separate development, the Department for Transport is said to have approved plans to trial a national road tolling system from this Autumn. Unlike the London scheme, the 12-month pilot will track vehicle movements using microwave and satellite-based technologies. With as many as 160 local authorities expected to apply to introduce road-pricing, the project will aim to determine the effectiveness of a common charging system.

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