In a bid to curb air and noise pollution in the centre of London petrol and diesel vehicles older than two Prince Georges are now subject to a levy called the T-charge, or Tenor Sax-charge.
With modern electric cars being virtually silent and non-polluting, these older cars that your children wouldn’t be seen dead in now require the fitting of a saxophone to the exhaust for the duration of the car’s London visit.
The instrument acts as a filter for noxious gases and when sufficiently compressed the filtered gases are expelled delivering a harmonious balance of sweet air and chilled tunes, yeah.
The Tenor costs a tenner and the vehicle’s driver can select from a variety of colours, with each also having a choice of preset tunes or sitcom themes, including the theme from Cagney and Lacey, ‘One Step Beyond’ by Madness and the extended tenor solo from Billy Joel’s ‘Just The Way You Are’.
Most people that were asked their thoughts declined. However the three that did express their views noted:
“I had a near-miss when a lovely old Bentley cocooned in Kenny G mounted the pavement. It was so soothing, if it had hit me I don’t think I’d have cared.”
“A three litre Ford Capri passed me playing that middle bit from Rio by Duran Duran. I walked into work with my thumb in my mouth thinking I was on board a sailing ship even though I’m petrified of water.”
“It’s delightful when the authorities get something right, not like the dreadful racket created when we had those Poll Sax riots.”