Do I really have to pay this “congestion” charge in London?

It’s been almost a year since Terry Bienstock rented a Peugeot 3008 Hybrid in London, and for almost as long, he’s been fighting Avis over a pesky $162 traffic ticket.
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What costs travelers $87 billion a year and is basically unavoidable?

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If you thought fees, or nonexistent customer service or high fuel prices were the biggest problems facing travelers, think again. It’s traffic, according to the Texas Transportation Institute’s 2009 Annual Urban Mobility Report.

This chart shows the total cost of congestion for each population size group. It accounts for the amount of wasted time and fuel due to traffic congestion. The total cost of congestion in the urban areas is $87.2 billion in 2007 or an average of $757 per peak-period traveler.

Let’s put $87 billion into a little perspective.
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