- Obama Motorcade Fined $200 for Not Paying $16 London Congestion Fee; US Embassy Claims Immunity
Obama Motorcade Fined $200 for Not Paying $16 London Congestion Fee; US Embassy Claims Immunity
Posted Jul 19, 2011 5:02 PM CST
By Martha Neil
After allegedly ignoring a $16 congestion fee that President Barack Obama's motorcade should have paid for traveling through London, the White House has been hit with a $200 fine.
But while the president's office is apparently expected to ante up after what London's mayor describes as a very friendly conversation with Obama about the issue at Buckingham Palace in May, United States diplomats in London—who allegedly have racked up an $8.5 million tab since the fee was introduced in 2003—are made of sterner stuff.
A spokesman for the American Embassy says they don't have to pay a foreign tax, under 1960 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the New York Post reports.
Germany, Japan, Nigeria and Russia also reportedly owe hefty bills, according to London officials.