London Congestion Charge - FEHS Student Example 1


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An example of a good Year 9 piece of work about the congestion charge in London (Framingham Earl High School 2006/07)

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London Congestion Charge - FEHS Student Example 1

  1. 1. CONGESTION By I and D and P and I (FEHS) And with some help from Brum the Cbeebies car!
  2. 2. The Original Congestion Charge <ul><li>The London congestion charge was set up in February 2003. The main bits of the scheme as it was originally set up are below: </li></ul><ul><li>Scheme operates on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the area of Central London, as shown in the map. </li></ul><ul><li>Cars, vans and lorries charged £5 to operate within the zone. </li></ul><ul><li>Exemptions include motorcycles, licensed taxis, vehicles used by disabled people, some alternative fuel vehicles, buses and emergency vehicles. </li></ul><ul><li>Area residents receive a 90% discount for their vehicles. </li></ul><ul><li>Payments can be made on the Internet, at payment booths in the area, with text messages and at retail outlets displaying the congestion charge logo such as newsagents. </li></ul><ul><li>Cameras automatically check the number plates of eligible vehicles driving into and within the zone. The numbers are automatically checked against a database of vehicles that have paid the charge. If the charge has been paid the number is deleted from the database (avoiding privacy issues) with only those vehicles that have not been paid for having the details stored. If the vehicle has still not been paid for by 2400 that day then a fine of £80 is issued. This is reduced to £40 if paid within two weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>In July 2005 the basic daily charge increased from £5 to £8 . </li></ul>
  3. 3. THE CONGESTION CHARGE IS: <ul><li>A congestion charge is when you register your vehicle on a magical database. </li></ul><ul><li>You can pay the Congestion Charge either in advance or on the day of travel before, during or after the journey. Or by midnight the following charging day. The charge is £8, because in July 2005 the basic daily charge increased from £5 to £8. if you pay by midnight on the day of travel or £10 if you pay by midnight the following charging day  </li></ul><ul><li>However ,not all drivers have to pay the central London congestion charge. These are: </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled people, or institutions for disabled people, who hold a Blue Badge (formerly known as Orange Badge) </li></ul><ul><li>Residents living within the congestion charging zone </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers of alternative fuel vehicles </li></ul><ul><li>Motorcycles 1 metre or less in width & 2 metres or less in length Guidance Notes Map to vehicle assessment centre </li></ul><ul><li>Vehicles with 9 or more seats </li></ul><ul><li>You have to pay the daily rate if you want to go in the ZONE ! </li></ul>
  4. 4. oh no! Congestion! SO… Brum will pay his money to be put on the Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) which is a cosmical database of numbers and letters…which you can pay for also online!! When Brum drives through the congestion charge zone his number-plate is checked, by cameras, to see if he is on the database. If he is, he is allowed through, and his details are deleted. If he is not , then his details are stored on the database. He then gets a £80 fine if he doesn’t pay before 2400 that day, the fine is reduced if he pays in the space of 2 weeks, with either having to pay the money, or he is special and registered to have 100% discount!
  5. 5. ZONE… <ul><li>Above is a picture of a sign. This tells you where the zones are and whether you are entering or leaving one…on average it costs £8 for a day ticket, starting at 7 am and lasting till 6:30pm. This allows you to go in any of the congestion charge zones. </li></ul>That’s broom in the congestion charge zone
  6. 6. When the charge is in operation: You get charged £8 if you go through any congestion zones between the hours of 7.00am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday So if you just go through it on the weekends, on bank holidays and between 25th of December to the 1st of January… you don’t get charged :] at all!
  7. 7. In Which Areas was the Congestion Charge Used? <ul><li>On Feb. 10 th 2007, the Congestion Charge zone extended to the west and now includes areas of </li></ul><ul><li>Bayswater </li></ul><ul><li>Notting Hill </li></ul><ul><li>North Kensington </li></ul><ul><li>South Kensington </li></ul><ul><li>Chelsea </li></ul><ul><li>Brompton </li></ul><ul><li>City of London </li></ul><ul><li>Belgravia </li></ul><ul><li>Pimlico </li></ul><ul><li>Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>St. James’s </li></ul><ul><li>Waterloo </li></ul><ul><li>Borough </li></ul><ul><li>Clerkenwell </li></ul><ul><li>Finsbury </li></ul><ul><li>Holborn </li></ul><ul><li>Bloomsbury </li></ul><ul><li>Soho </li></ul><ul><li>Mayfair </li></ul><ul><li>Marylebone </li></ul>Congestion charging signs at the edge of the zone (left), public telephone with Internet payment (middle), cameras within the zone (right)
  8. 8. North Kensington Notting Hill Bayswater Marylebone
  9. 9. Marylebone Mayfair Soho Bloomsbury Holborn Clerkenwell Finsbury City of London
  10. 10. South Kensington Brompton Chelsea
  11. 11. St James Pimlico Belgravia Waterloo Borough
  12. 12. So just how snazzy is this congestion charge? <ul><li>The volume of traffic in London has decreased by 17%, this is much better than pre-congestion times.… However it isn’t that much but it will do for now… </li></ul><ul><li>BUT…and a big but… traffic jams </li></ul><ul><li>still do occur if you get </li></ul><ul><li>caught in rush hour! :[ </li></ul>Oh boob! Another traffic jam…
  13. 13. Traffic entering the charging zone during charging hours
  14. 14. Traffic entering the charging zone by time of day. Annualised weekdays for 2002 (pre-charging), and 2003, 2004 and 2005 (post charging), all vehicles
  15. 15. Traffic leaving the charging zone by time of day. Annualised weekdays for 2002 (pre-charging), and 2003, 2004 and 2005 (post charging), all vehicles
  16. 16. Accidents <ul><li>The number of accidents have reduced since the congestion charge was introduced in 2003. </li></ul>
  17. 17. When Lorry Drivers were asked: Did your journey time reduce because of congestion charge? The results were: Over two-thirds of companies found that journey times within the zone were unchanged. Surprisingly, only about a third said that journey times were faster once in the zone. Significantly, a number of companies that said they had experienced time savings within the zone When Drivers were asked: Has the congestion charge forced you to reduce the number of journeys you make into Central London? The results were: These results show that even though people have to now pay to go through these areas, they don’t mind or they have to put up with it on a daily basis, probably to get too and from work. However there are a few people who have reduced their travels , probably shoppers and tourists., who now use the underground more.
  18. 18. Our Opinion: Well… We think congestion charge is cool, and it has reduced TRAFFIC, ACCIDENTS, ROAD COLLISIONS, ETC. and this is good. In fact, traffic has fallen by 17% and accidents by 21.5%, which is fab! However, there are still traffic jams and accidents, and rush hour is a nightmare! We could improve the roads still, with a different, or improved system.
  19. 19. The End, we hope you liked our presentation on Congestion Charge!!