However if you are a shop owner, or providing services to residents in Kensington & Chelsea, then of course the congestion charge further damages your business.
No one would choose to drive in Central London, but if you need to use your car to get around you are now paying more tax.
to quote Gordon Taylor, Chairman of the West London Residents' Association and Chelsea resident and engineer:
Vehicles move at an average speed of 25 miles an hour in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea, compared with 10 miles an hour in the central charge zone, he said.
The charge "is crude and expensive," Taylor said. ``The boundary itself is like a Berlin Wall: It divides communities, it stops social intercourse, it badly affects businesses.''
So how did you get to work this week - particuarly Monday where once again several of the tube lines were out. The idea is that we have excellent public transport systems and choice of how to travel, once that is delivered, then we would leave our cars behind.
We have all seen recently the public's resistence to road tolls - almost 2 MILLION people objected to the government's consultation, yet will they be listened to? just like Red Ken, this Mayor and this Government is not interested in our views.