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Unpaid fines

Seems that Korea isn’t the only place where diplomats and other expatriates don’t care about paying traffic fines or parking fees. Turns out its world wide and US leads the way in owing money to UK for failing to pay traffic fines.

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. embassy in London owes nearly 4 million pounds in traffic fines, Britain’s cash-strapped government said on Monday, naming and shaming diplomats who have ducked congestion charges and parking fees.

Staff at the U.S. diplomatic mission driving on the often overcrowded streets of central London have racked up 35,602 fines for not paying the 8 pound ($12.05) congestion charge payable for using the busiest roads at the busiest times.

Since the charge was introduced in 2003, the running total of unpaid fines for all diplomatic missions has hit 36 million pounds.

British authorities say the fee is a charge for a service that everyone must pay but Washington says it is a tax and diplomats are exempt. Russian diplomats owe 3.2 million pounds and the Japanese embassy has run up a bill of just over 2.7 million pounds for using — but not paying for — the charge zone, which stretches from Kensington in the west to Tower Bridge in the east.

 

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