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London Slaps Barack Obama’s Motorcade with a $194 Congestion Fine

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The long-standing diplomatic brawl between the US Embassy in Britain and the local authorities over the subject of congestion fines continues.

In this latest episode, Barack Obama's presidential motorcade has been fined £120 (about $194 or €137) for not paying the £10 congestion levy during his official State visit to Britain back in May.

According to news reports from the United Kingdom, security cameras were able to capture only one of the cars in the convoy due to the fact that they were driving so close together. That is the only vehicle to receive the £120 fine.

A spokesperson for the Transport for London issued this statement:

"Any vehicle, regardless of where it is registered, which is identified within the Congestion Charging Zone during the hours of operation without a valid charge, discount or exemption can be subject to a penalty. TfL pursues penalties from foreign registered vehicles that have not paid the charge."

Currently, foreign embassies owe UK authorities around £50million in unpaid congestion charge fines along with £491,000 in parking tickets and £566,000 in non-domestic rates.

The US Embassy in particular is said to owe local authorities more than £5 million (US$8.1 million) for some 45,000 unpaid congestion charge fines, but refuses to pay the tab claiming that the 1960 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations "prohibits the imposition of this sort of tax on diplomatic missions”.

Story Source: The London Standard




12 Comments:

Charles said... »July 22, 2011

Typical yanks always wanting a free ride, pay up mate or go home.

Guest said... »July 22, 2011

The perks of diplomatic immunity. Only number one matters....

Dick Steel said... »July 22, 2011

Unfortunately for London, the US will not pay the fine due to their upcoming bankruptcy ;)

Gaurav said... »July 22, 2011

What about the fine for going the wrong way on a one-way street?

Rob Jacobs said... »July 22, 2011

This is crazy, I live in the UK, and spend most of my time in London, but I don't think the Presidential motorcade should have to pay this fine for a second. This story just makes the UK looks very stupid, if the President of the United States isn't congestion charge exempt then who the hell is!?

Anonymous said... »July 22, 2011

"if the President of the United States isn't congestion charge exempt then who the hell is!?"

Err no-one!! I think that's the point they're trying to make!!

ben said... »July 22, 2011

law is law...nobody gives a fuck who you are
as long as you break it you pay it...

dumblikeyou2 said... »July 23, 2011

Yank this. And yank it good Euro-bitch.

dubfun said... »July 23, 2011

Eurotrash

Jesse said... »July 24, 2011

Britain doesnt have a King currently, fool.

Acton39 said... »July 25, 2011

Like you have stopped sucking.... until you find out that you have no social security, home and your country has defaulted or in simple become bankrupt.
So put a sock in it you loudmouth Lard-ball.
Your place in future will be known as the land of loud mouths and Punks.

Geminijip said... »July 26, 2011

Nooo not yank. I'll hack that give it on your hand.. Punk.

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