London Congestion Charge becomes CO2 tax | The Register
This has been a very confused programme. It certainly has not prevented congestion in the City of London where I live and work, and many people think the charge is just a ruse to raise more tax.
I'm comfortable with the idea of a charge to reduce the impact of traffic on the City, and this new change seems to be an improvement. We will see.
... but I would prefer to see a scheme where the overall polution impact of a vehicle was assessed in terms of:
- Air pollution (which is what this new change does)
- Sound pollution (Harleys pay more than BMWs)
- Size (Hummers pay more than Minis)
Lastly, the scale should be sliding. By that I mean that over time the tolerance for air pollution, noise and large vehicles should be reduced.
But Ken's CO2 move is a step in the right direction, I think.