Do Not Drive Into Manhattan

In what is surely going to become a political hot-potato, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going ahead full steam with his plan to decongest Manhattan by introducing congestion pricing.

The NYTimes ran a big article yesterday on this topic and covered the spectrum of viewpoints on this issue.

Mayor Bloomberg’s fast-advancing plan to charge drivers $8 to drive in the most congested parts of Manhattan may seem geared mostly toward the suburbanites whom many blame for Manhattan’s perpetually snarled weekday traffic.

Personally I am not sure if I do agree with the plan in its implementation, however good it be in concept.

Under the plan, cars would pay $8 and trucks $21 to enter Manhattan below 86th Street between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

If I live in Manhattan below 60th street, I should be able to drive around as I see fit. However in the mayor’s plan I will not be able to do so. I will be charged a certain amount of money to even move my car to the other side of the street for alternate side street cleaning.

They plan to monitor this by putting cameras all over the city at intersections and then software will convert images of license plates into invoices that you will receive by email for all the times you drove the car.

Privacy issues aside, I think this is crazy. It is completely unfair to be charged to drive inside the city if you are already inside, or are a resident. Yes by all means charge those who drive in from outside. But not those who live and call the island their home.

I hope the plan gets modified and they figure out a better way to enforce this.

Otherwise, I am getting a vendor license and will start selling this. And makes lots of money.