|How much would you pay to get out of this mess?A traffic jam on NQS Avenue.|
One of the groups made it, albeit late. The others arrived in downtown nearly an hour later than planned and
|A daily traffic jam in the Santa Fe neighborhood.|
I couldn't help thinking about the congestion charges which Bogotá is considering once again. A few months ago, the City Council voted the charge down without offering any good reasons why - despite two studies finding that such charges were workable and would reduce the city's chronic traffic jams.
The latest version of the proposed law would impose an 8,000 peso fee on vehicles which enter certain congested parts of the city. Drivers will cry and gnash their teeth: 'This is an illegal tax'; 'It's an unfair burden on the middle class'; 'We can't afford it!'
None of those arguments hold water, of course. Those who own cars can afford to pay a few thousand pesos. And, the burdens they are placing on the city thru their noise, congestion and pollution cost all of us much more than 8,000 pesos.
How much does an airline pilot earn? A lot more than 8,000 pesos, which is about $4.00 U.S. per hour.
And there were six people in that car, meaning that the charge came down to much less than $1.00 per person.
That's a tiny price to pay to get back a chunk of your life.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours