Sunday, 13 October 2013

Thinking Out Of The Box (5)

Thinking out of the box (also thinking out side of the box, thinking beyond the box or thinking the unthinkable) is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. The cliché, has become widely used and refers to novel or creative thinking. Thinking out of the box, is forcing yourself to give considerations to options that you might discount in the first place. To think outside the box is to look farther and to try not thinking of the obvious things, but to try thinking beyond them.

Ken Livingstone introduced the concept of congestion charging and it has continued under the remit of the next leader of the Conservatives, Boris Johnson. The congestion charge is a fee charged on vehicles operating within the Congestion Zone in central London between 07:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday. It is not charged at weekends or on public holidays.

The charge which aims to reduce congestion and to raise investment funds for improving London's transport system. The standard charge is £10 for each day, for each non-exempt vehicle that travels within the zone. Enforcement is primarily based on automatic number plate recognition. 

Can this concept be adapted for use on the canals?

Should CaRT consider the introduction of a charge for boats entering certain congested areas or honey pot locations between certain dates. It could be a single charge levied and not a daily charge. The money raised from the venture being ear marked to expand and improve the moorings facilities within that area. Facilities such as dredging to the bank edge, provision of electrical bollards and seating areas.

In areas where there are locks, these could be used for controlling access. Passage through the lock into the controlled area could be charged for. There is the possibility of creating zoned areas. Exemptions would be only for boats with a home mooring within the controlled area. These boats would not be adding to the congestion on visitor moorings anyway. Also in the case of hire boats with an operating location within the controlled area. 

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