Kenbuster gadget pays your congestion chargeThe gadget is aimed at forgetful Londoners

23 November 2007

 

The Kenbuster

The maker of a new gadget for drivers says it will automatically pay the £8-a-day London Congestion Charge every time your car enters the zone.

The Kenbuster – named after London Mayor Ken Livingstone who introduced the charge - is a box about the size of a mobile phone which sits on a vehicle dashboard.

It uses GPS technology to sense when a vehicle enters the charging zone and makes an automatic payment to Transport for London for the amount due.

Its manufacturer says the gadget will stop motorists being hit with a £100 fine every time they forget to pay the charge.

Congestion Charge

The gadget, which is powered from a car's cigarette lighter, knows whether it has entered the zone during a chargeable time and day.

If it is during one of these times then the gadget takes £8 from whatever payment method you've pre-registered, and you get a receipt by text message and confirmation by e-mail. 

Drivers can also log on to the Kenbuster website and view transactions, including the date and time they entered the zone, how much payment was for, and the receipt for each transaction.

Each unit is registered to one vehicle and costs £199.99, which covers its use forever, or drivers can pay £49.99 for the unit and £8 a month on a 12-month contract.