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DRIVERS SET TO PROTEST CHARGES
Drivers are set to form the country's biggest ever road protests
after a raft of new proposals by UK politicians which will hit the
motorist hard. In the week in which the government announced controversial
plans to increase speeding fines by £5 which will be used
to pay for a Victims of Crime Fund, London's mayor confirmed plans
to enlarge the congestion charge area to take in all of Greater
London and parts of surrounding counties.
The new toll motorway in the Midlands look set to be copied across
the country and traffic wardens throughout the UK are set to receive
a 10% commission on all tickets issued. Further, owners of 4-wheel
drive vehicles will stump up extra for the proposed new "turnable
tyre tax" and users of blue halogen headlights will be liable
for a light pollution charge.
Motoring organisations are up in arms over what is seen as an all
out assault on car owners and have called for drivers across the
country to join the Million Car March in a protest which will "bring
London to a standstill" this summer.
Traffic police scoffed at the suggestion. Said one officer, "The
city is already at a standstill - you can't make it any slower".
Physicist Karl Anderson agreed,"The likely outcome of trying
to bring London to a standstill is that the existing standstill
will start moving backwards."
A spokesman for London's mayor was defiant. "A million cars
are gonna come here and pay the congestion charge ?? Bring 'em on
- we'll use the money for a party once they've gone."