Will New Yorkers Outwit The City's Planned Congestion Pricing Scheme?

<p>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.</p>
November 30, 2007, 7am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"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."

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Published on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 in WCBS 2 TV
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