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|US Embassy Targets Ken's Road-Price Scheme|
- Government back London Mayor in battle with American diplomats
LONDON Mayor Ken Livingstone has received the backing of the government in his row with US Embassy staff over road-pricing.
American diplomats believe they should not have to pay the road toll when it is introduced early next year. "The US government is opposed to the application of the charge to US embassy staff because it is in violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention, which bars the taxing of foreign diplomatic staff," a US Embassy spokesperson said.
Livingstone argues that the charge is not a tax and has now been given backing on the point by lawyers at the Foreign Office.
As it turns out, the UKP5 charge for entering central London by car will only hit 16 of the US Embassy's 750 staff, but the embassy insist principle is at stake.