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Monday, 17 February, 2003, 11:07 GMT
Congestion charging: in pictures
The controversial congestion charge was introduced in central London on Monday morning.

It appears to have made a significant impact on traffic coming into the capital, although some say the real test will come after the school half-term when traffic levels will be higher.

A motorist enters the charging zone. Many people left home earlier to beat the charge

London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who introduced congestion charging, is followed by a Sun reporter dressed as a snail

Anti-congestion charge protester Charles Kingley Evans makes his point to motorists near Hyde Park Corner

A helicopter view of the Elephant and Castle, just before 9am on Monday, shows it clear of jams

A motorcyclist drives through the central charging zone
Motorbikes, cycles, taxis and some others are exempt from the 5 charge

Traders protesting against the congestion charge
Traders from Smithfield meat market say the charge will force them to put up prices

Campaign group Loot demonstrate some ways of avoiding the congestion charge

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 36.61% 

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