Kenyan Man Who solved London Traffic Calamity



Many Kenyans may never believe that a fellow African can solve problems abroad, some ever think European countries are ever superior to us.

You may never believe that London Congestion System was designed by a Kenyan professor.

The man who solved the crisis is a Professor in Positioning & Navigation Systems. His research interests are in the design of positioning and navigation systems for land, sea and air applications.

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Professor Washington Yotto  Ochieng is currently the Head of the Centre for Transport Studies and Chair of Positioning and Navigation Systems in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He is also the Director of the Imperial College Engineering Geomatics Group (ICEGG).

Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng with Chamwada (courtesy)

His theory behind the congestion system was all motorist to be charged to drive through certain parts of the city thereby reducing the number of vehicles operating in it.

His contribution at some point was dismissed and they questioned his qualification and said, “he really does have a lack of understanding of this scheme. He’s an advocate of satellite technology; that’s his area of expertise and I really don’t know why he’s talking about this.”

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Vehicles entering these zones within the city between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday are charged £11.50 per day.

On weekends, public holidays and between Christmas day and new year all motorists were allowed free access.

The system also has incentives for motorists whose cars are environmentally friendly- fully electric and hydrogen fueled. Some of the vehicles that are exempted from the charges are models of BMW, Audi, Tesla, Mitsubishi, Mercedes, and Toyota.

Professor Washington Yotto  Ochieng is looking to give back to the community if he is invited. He promises to give the best of relevant authorities contact him.

Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng lecturing students from Nanjing Normal University

Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng lecturing students from Nanjing Normal University


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