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Lord Lucan
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Re: Congestion Charging
Feb 18, 2003, 17:14
Well, the point I was trying to make is that it has to be paid for somehow. The enormous drop in revenue caused by no more ticket charging would have to be covered by government subsidy. Personally I think it'd be a great idea, but as a way of tackling congestion on the roads there'd be a lot more protest at putting up taxes to cover that cost than has happened with the congestion charge. Also, how do you make sure none of this extra cost is passed on to the low-paid? Means-testing I suppose, but that'd cost a lot. So, no I wasn't taking a Thatcherite point-of-view, just wondering what exactly necropolist's proposal (which I love the sound of) would entail.

Unfortunately the restricted powers which the mayor now has means we cannot have a return to the 'Fares Fair' policy of the former GLC, at which time Ken introduced a fair of 10p for buses! Now THAT's fair.
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