Poll: Should the US pay their congestion charge bill?
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View poll results: Should the US pay their congestion charge bill?
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75 69%
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#1
Apparently the American embassy has been dodging the congestion charge for a looong time

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-13467327

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* US - £5.29m
* Russia - £4.41m
* Japan - £3.65m
* Germany - £3.49m
* Nigeria - £2.70m
* India - £1.88m
* Sudan - 1.60m
* Ghana - £1.54m
* Poland - £1.49m
* Spain - £1.25m


Wow. I don't think some of those countries are going to cough up somehow, Boris.


Have any of you dodged the congestion charge? What happened? Should foreign embassies have to pay the congestion charge? Discuss.
#4
I guess we should, though we're in debt so we don't exactly have that money. I have to read more to figure out what the hell a congestion charge is though.
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#5
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I guess we should. I have to read more to figure out what a congestion charge is though.


It's a fee of £10 per day to drive in central London. It was introduced to beat congestion in the city, and convince people to use public transport instead.
#6
Diplomatic Immunity.
You Brits don't pay DC and NYC parking tickets either.
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#7
If we should, they should.
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#8
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Diplomatic Immunity.
You Brits don't pay DC and NYC parking tickets either.


Have we racked up over £5 million in fines...?

And the congestion charge is different anyway.
#10
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Have we racked up over £5 million in fines...?

And the congestion charge is different anyway.

In the neighborhood of 22 million last I saw(That was all DI claims on non paid tickets in NY No idea how many were British). And no it's not.
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#11
Yep. Course they should.
If they have to pay for public transport, of course they're going to choose the free option if it's there. Shouldn't be such thing as diplomatic immunity across borders. Look what happened with that whole "let's get the Pope arrested" deal.
#12
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In the neighborhood of 22 million last I saw(That was all DI claims on non paid tickets in NY No idea how many were British). And no it's not.


Why is it not?
#13
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Why is it not?

Why are your traffic laws greater than ours?
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Have we racked up over £5 million in fines...?

And the congestion charge is different anyway.

Y'all still owe us from WII and rebuilding your entire industrial infrastructure, so
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#16
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Why are your traffic laws greater than ours?


It's not a parking fee. It's a fee for entering a restricted zone. They can't just ignore that.

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Oh yeah, thanks for sitting around doing nothing for years while we fought the Nazis
#18
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Y'all still owe us from WII and rebuilding your entire industrial infrastructure, so


I thought we paid that off a couple of years ago?
#19
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Have we racked up over £5 million in fines...?


Probably at least that much.


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#20
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It's not a parking fee. It's a fee for entering a restricted zone. They can't just ignore that.

Apparently they can. Just like foreign diplomats in the US can ignore how to park. Or obey the speed limit. Or any number of other transgressions diplomats pull off. Get over it.
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Apparently they can. Just like foreign diplomats in the US can ignore how to park. Or obey the speed limit. Or any number of other transgressions diplomats pull off. Get over it.



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#25
No.
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#27
Of course they should. Yet another example of privilege for the select few. If you have a diplomatic dinner inside the congestion zone, cycle to it, you fat cigar-smoking corporate whoremongering diplomat.
#28
No, you should be grateful a cool country like us would even visit you in the first place. You smell.
#29
While we're at it, maybe the US should change it's position on the Marshall Plan and make Europe pay that cost back, adjusted for inflation, with interest...

Seriously though, yeah. It's just about $20 million.
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#30
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Of course they should. Yet another example of privilege for the select few. If you have a diplomatic dinner inside the congestion zone, cycle to it, you fat cigar-smoking corporate whoremongering diplomat.

If you have a meeting at the UN pay for the parking you fat ass commie bastard.
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If you have a meeting at the UN pay for the parking you fat ass commie bastard.

... As far as I know I have no unpaid parking tickets for meetings at the UN.

By contrast, the US owes the City of London more than £5m.
#32
We owe over £16m pounds of fines in the states, so I think really we should stfu

5 million pounds is a negligible amount of money.

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#33
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Y'all still owe us from WII and rebuilding your entire industrial infrastructure, so


Not to mention Britain's WWI debt to the US, which they defaulted on.
#34
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... As far as I know I have no unpaid parking tickets for meetings at the UN.

By contrast, the US owes the City of London more than £5m.

By contrast you aren't a diplomat. So stuff it.
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#35
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By contrast you aren't a diplomat. So stuff it.

I really don't understand your point, first you were making some sleight about me having unpaid parking fines, now you're saying I'm not a diplomat, what is this I don't even

Also, diplomatic immunity is pretty much a crap concept.
#36
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Also, diplomatic immunity is pretty much a crap concept.

Actually it's a great idea because it prevents states from arresting diplomatic officials on trumped up charges.

You take yourself and this thread way too seriously.
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#37
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Actually it's a great idea because it prevents states from arresting diplomatic officials on trumped up charges.

You take yourself and any thread even remotely brushing against your über-leftwing political views way too seriously.

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#39
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Actually it's a great idea because it prevents states from arresting diplomatic officials on trumped up charges.

You take yourself and this thread way too seriously.

It has allowed major criminal activity to go on behind close doors - cf. PC Yvonne Fletcher's shooting from the Libyan Embassy in 1984, numerous cases of diplomats escaping rape charges, child abuse, even cases of human trafficking...
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