Monday, July 15

Trump owes £750 in unpaid congestion charge fees



Donald Trump has left an outstanding congestion fees totalling up to £750 during his three-day state visit in the UK.

The unpaid fee came after the US president was seen travelling around London in his £1.8 million armour-plated limousine with his 20-strong convoy.

His motorcade includes two armour-plated Cadillac limousines, three Chevrolet SUVs and two Ford truck – has yet to pay the £11.50-a-day fee, with a bill that is thought to top over £700.

According to The Sun Transport of London is issuing a bill for the visit as the US Embassy now owes almost £12.5 million in unpaid congestion charges.

The Sun reported that America refuses to pay the bill as they claimed diplomats do not pay ‘direct taxes’.

Paul Cowperthwaite, general manager of road user charging at TfL, said: “We are clear that the congestion charge is for a service and not a tax.

“This means that foreign diplomats are not exempt from paying it. “We continue to pursue all unpaid congestion charge fees and related penalty charge notices.

TfL said Trump will not have to pay the Ultra Low Emission Zone charge, a fee for vehicles that don’t meet emissions standards.

Transport for London now wants the Foreign Office to take the matter to the International Court of Justice to recoup the cash as they complained about foreign governments owing an unpaid £116 million congestion bill.

The embassy of Japan owes almost £8.5 million, followed by the Nigerian High Commission with £7 million and the Indian High Commission with £6 million.

The congestion charge is a £11.50 fee for driving a vehicle in central London between 7am and 6pm. Many embassies have reportedly refused to pay as they claim it is a tax and therefore, under the 1961 Vienna Convention, diplomats are exempt from paying.