Congestion Charge and Foreign Embassies (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Peter Hulme Cross
Organisation: 
One London Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Yes, but you are prepared to make an example of the Americans. The issue is that embassies are not paying the congestion charge. Angola and Nigeria owe over half a million pounds each, Tanzania owes £233,000, South Africa owes £214,000, and so the list goes on. These are not small figures.

Answer

Answer for Congestion Charge and Foreign Embassies (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Congestion Charge and Foreign Embassies (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, I agree, they should all be condemned, and it is an outrage. What is particularly bad is few things annoy New Yorkers more than the vast diplomatic missions based around the UN who consistently flout traffic regulations. Previous Mayors of New York have been very scathing about the morals and lifestyle of these diplomats, for ignoring the laws of New York. It is, therefore, particularly offensive that the American Ambassador is behaving in the same way here.