So Londoners (and people who work in the London) are being urged not to use public transport unless absolutely necessary.
That is fair enough.
After all, it is almost impossible to keep a two-metre gap on the London Underground as anyone who has used it will tell you.
So for many people, the only way of getting into work (assuming that you work in London) is to drive.
But then Transport for London announced that the ‘congestion charge’ is not only going to be extended (hours of operation) but that it is also going to go up to £15!
So the people who have been told NOT to use public transport are now going to have to pay a premium just to go to work!?
And what about the frontline NHS/emergency services personnel who have been separated from their families for weeks as they work to try and save as many lives as possible?
Well, there have been concessions for NHS employees – which is excellent news.
But this concession is not being extended to the brave men and women of the Metropolitan Police Service who have been working hard to try and keep Londoners safe.
Talking about the ridiculous situation, the Chairman of the Met Police Federation said:
“Police officers in London have worked tirelessly to keep the public safe at no small risk to themselves.
“To be told that they now have to pay the Congestion Charge when other key workers retain an exemption is a slap in the face.
Ken added: “At a time when we are being discouraged from using public transport to get to our places of work, this seems to go completely against Government guidelines.”
For many people, there is a perception that the ‘powers that be’ are making the most of a lousy situation since people are being told not to use public transport while at the same time being told that the ‘congestion charge’ is not only increasing but that its hours of operation are also being extended.
Where have all of our equitable morals gone!? If you know, let us know in the comments…
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