Tuesday 18 February 2003 2.43am
I had heard about this and as far as I know the reason for the minimum payment is as you say "administrative costs", I think that means that if you could buy a days car use for 50p it would cost more to administer than 50p but if you spend £10 then it covers the costs of registering you.
You are right, it might encourage you to use your car every day at the relatively cheap cost of £2 a day, or possibly you might reckon that it was only worth buying for one day and spending the full £5 because you think you won't use the other 6 days thereby saving you the other £5, you could also, spend the £10 and then drive up and down constantly getting maximum benefit from the 90% discount with a tannoy blaring "down with Ken" from the windows of your car, though I think that would be silly and I hope I have not incentivized you to do that.
Its a bit like that dilemma of whether to get a weekly travelcard and get the discount or just buy daily tickets as you need them.
Maybe as you suggest there could be a thing where you buy ten days and then the computer system knocks them off as you go, but it probably isnt configured to do this and might break if they stuck a bit of prgramming on that might do this.
I mean look at Capita and their administration record it isnt great is it ?
Incidentally Capita have an office on Borough High Street
so if you do go for the blaring speakers option this might be a good location to try it at.
By the way isn't the housing benefit rubbish in Lambeth, they threaten to take you court if you are a bit late with your council tax but can we charge interest for late housing benefit ?
Can we muggeridge.
All the best