Autocar’s discovery that London’s revamped Congestion Charge system will allow automatic payments has to be good news for drivers. Since February 2003, nine million fines have been issued for late and non-payment.

Aside from having to pay road tolls in a country with some of the highest fuel taxes in the world, London motorists faced a C-Charge that made payment complex and easy to forget. And the fines for forgetting were typically over the top.

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I have followed London’s Congestion Charge since it was a twinkle in Ken Livingstone’s eye.

In 2002 I was asked by the BBC to make a short film in opposition to the C-Charge. That was easy. The number of vehicles entering the centre of the capital had been falling for years.