February 27, 2004
London Traffic Tax - by SMS
In February 2003, London initiated a new plan to ease traffic congestion by taxing motorists who drive into the city every day. (cf London traffic tax).
Payments are made through call centers, online, at retail outlets, as well as by SMS.
One year later, Capita - the company behind London's congestion charging scheme- revealed that there had been a 30% reduction in the number of vehicles coming in to Britain's capital city in the first year and that 170,000 people have now signed up to paying by SMSwith only 12% using call centres, according to The Guardian.
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