Unscrupulous Londoners have already learned how to beat that city's famed congestion charge system, and with Mayor Bloomberg's plan relying on the same technology, there are worries about a surge in license plate counterfeiting.
"Mayor Michael Bloomberg touts London's congestion pricing plan as a model for New York City. But as Britain is learning, no plan is perfect."
"License plate counterfeiting and thefts are increasing...[and] Londoners are now cloning license plates to avoid congestion fees."
"I was surprised at just how easy it was," Parliament Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said. "All I did was I spotted the Prime Minister's car coming out of Downing Street across the road. I jotted down the number, I went on the Internet."
"For $40, a parliament member scored a copy of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's license plate
"This is the Prime Minister's plate," Goodwill said, showing us a copy.
Traffic cameras enforce congestion fees in London. A computer matches plates and registrations and sends bills to the home address.
If you get a cloned plate you ride for free.
A serious flaw in the system and it's very similar to the plan proposed by Bloomberg for New York City. His plans calls for 1,000 cameras to snap people's license plates."