Friday, July 22, 2011

U.S President Obama's motorcade faces a fine of £120 ($195)

U.S President Obama's motorcade faces a fine of £120 ($195) for failing to pay a £10 ($16) congestion levy on time during his visit to London this year May month.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, wanted Obama's motorcade to pay the congestion levy for traveling through London .

  A "congestion charge" is levied on the central part of London from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm to compact the high traffic.

Mayor Johnson says Obama didn't pay the £10 fee on time, so he now owes the larger amount.

The U. S. Embassy owes more than $8 million in unpaid congestion zone fines. The U. S. Embassy says that the congestion fine is a tax, and that the 1960 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations prohibits imposing taxes on foreign embassies.

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