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Foreign Embassies now owe more than £60m in unpaid fines.


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Foreign embassies now owe more than £60 million in unpaid Congestion Charge fees, according to figures obtained by the Lib Dems on the London Assembly.

The amount is growing by a massive £1 million every month - despite a recent London Assembly motion calling on Mayor Boris Johnson to call in the debt.

 

I realise foreign embassies have diplomatic immunity but this is 'taking the proverbial'. :rolleyes:

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I have a friend who runs a very specialist plaster repair company in London and works on the old plaster covings and decor in many of the oldest buildings in the city.

 

He drives a 1965 Corsair which he has converted into a pickup and he has a few estates and other classic cars which he uses....

 

Classic cars do not pay tax and neither do they pay congestion charge!!

 

A wise move I thought!!

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So I guess you'll say they can't clamp them either? So if a diplomat commits murder on OUR soil, we can't do anything about that either? Just thought, they did, didn't they, when some Libyan shot that WPC from the Embassy. Perhaps we need to change the rules then? :angry:

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PC Yvonne Fletcher was the WPC shot by the Libyian..... the most disgraceful thing to watch was the Libyans walking out of their Embassy carrying bags which were known to contain the gun that killed her....

 

They should have machine gunned the lot of them.... not allowed in the world of international diplomacy though!

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Strange - no one told the SAS that the Iranian Embassy "wasn't" " in this country"! :D

 

The Iranians actually gave the SAS permission to enter their territory and rescue the hostages. Without that permission, we'd have been able to do nothing.

 

An accredited diplomat has immunity from ALL the laws of their host country - whether they are a UK diplomat overseas or an overseas diplomat in the UK. The most the host country can do is to declare them personna non grata and expell them.

 

The problem comes with the sheer number of "diplomats" - including extended family members, chauffeurs, gardeners and other staff - who are accredited to each embassy. It should be restricted to genuine senior diplomats only.

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The congestion charge is not a fine it is a charge (equivalent to the fee for crossing the Warburton toll bridge, to get parochial about it).

 

Not payin g it is not the same as refusing to pay a parking fine for parking on double yellows outside a restaurant - it is the equivalent of refusing to pay for the meal you have eaten in the reataurant.

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I was not addressing the practicality just the misnomer of "fines" in the case of the congestion charge.

 

You sound like a Labour politician.... quick to criticise and complain about an issue... but no ideas of your own on how to solve the problem!!

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