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eggman
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So, one weekday morning I had a hospital appointment and went by car (off the bailey) I didn't have any change so I couldn't pay the congestion charge and went past it on the other side of the road.

Today I got a letter saying I had to pay £32!
Rediculous!

I have paid that charge so many times it's not even funny.

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Just because you've paid it so many times in the past doesn't mean to say you can go just the once without paying.
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What are you doing with a car in Durham anyway, I thought freshers were not allowed them..?
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Durham has a congestion charge?
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(Original post by generic hybrid)
Durham has a congestion charge?
On the Bailley (from market square up to the cathedral). First congestion charge in the country I believe. London saw how successful it was so stole it
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Durham has a congestion charge?
Just on the Bailey at peak-times.

You should have called the council and tried to sort it out. If I was in the same situation I would probably lie and say that the machine wouldn't work/accept my money, as long as I'm not going to be caught out on the CCTV.
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Pay it.
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nothing you can do if you don't have the change.

and to think that fee is almost a tenth of my car, it's hardly even worth paying.
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Isn't there an option to pay by mobile phones nowadays?
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I would imagine the fee would stack up even more if you continue not to pay it.
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On the bright side, I managed to park on the bailey for the entire year without anyone caring :proud:
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Would that have been on that little road leading up to Palace Green? There was always a studenty looking car parked there...

Be careful if you are living out next year and plan on having your car, you will have to get a street permit (£30) or the traffic wardens, who come around every 30 minutes or so, will fine you...

Technically you are supposed to tell your college but meh, what they don't know can't hurt them!

EDIT:You drove on the wrong side of the road?How dangerous, given it's by a corner!
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You can get a student permit which is free, but involves a lot of form-filling and good reasons to have a car.
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Yeah, I had to drive on the other side of the road but it was very quiet and I really had to make the hospital appointment on time.

Nah my car was near John's.

My new house has a driveway
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Depends where you live whether you need a student permit. In gilesgate my housemate parked on the street for the year without paying anything.

And to the original question, probably should've just paid the charge.
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