His name is Washington Yotto Ochieng. He was born and raised in Kendubay. He holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from University of Nairobi,masters from University of Nottingham,UK and PhD in Differential GPS and fiducial network design.He is currently the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.He has served as Head of the Centre for Transport Studies and Co-Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology(ISST),Director of the Engineering Geomatics Group and Chair of Positioning and Navigation Systems.
Yotto is credited with solving the London transport crisis through his research interests in the design of positioning and navigation systems for land, sea and air applications. He designed the London Congestion System. The theory behind the system was for motorists to be charged to drive through certain parts of the city thereby reducing the number of vehicles operating in it. London authorities had at times dismissed him by questioning his qualifications.
The Congestion charge is £11.50 which translates to about Kshs 1,500 daily for driving a vehicle within the charging zone between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Drivers are allowed free access on weekends, public holidays, between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive, or between 6:00 pm and 7:00 am on weekdays. Vehicles also incur extra charges if they produce harmful emissions according to the set standards.
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