London's successful idea to charge a fee to drive in Central London caught us unawares last month.
We had arranged to pick up out rental car from Europcar's Euston Station location. We were aware of the Congestion Zone charges, but assumed that Euston Station would be within the Zone, and therefore the car we would be driving would have already paid.
And we all know what happens when you assume anything!!
Europcar's agent did not mention the Congestion Zone when we picked up the car, and frankly it had slipped below our mental radar by then. We then dove about 200 yards to our hotel in Bloomsbury to collect our luggage before heading out of town to my family in the Cotswolds.
Image our surprise after our return home to receive a letter from Europcar saying that they had kindly paid our Congestion Zone fine of UK 60 pounds together with an administration fee of UK 20 pounds.At first indignant we checked out :
and found that yes, Euston Station is just outside the Zone, but the other side of Euston road is clearly inside the zone. We therefore owed for that expensive tiny trip into Bloomsbury.
Anyone planning to rent a car in England and visit London should CHECK THAT SITE!! It's easy enough to avoid the Zone if you're visiting London for the day...just park outside the Zone and take a bus or Underground into the city center. Or time your visit for a weekend when there is no fee to drive within the Zone.
London, of course, is amazing!! Not so long ago it seemed somewhat shabby and dirty. Not now! It's a pleasure to revisit my old home town in 2010.
ForwardEdited: 05 August 2010, 21:58