Staff at the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London have accumulated the grand total of £3,821,880 in unpaid congestion charge fines. Other diplomatic missions owe more than £100,000 each with the top defaulters being Japan (£2.76m), Germany (£2.64m) and Nigeria (£1.96m). The US has been in dispute about the charge since its introduction in 2003 and they continue to insist it is a tax and therefore its diplomats are immune. Russia also owes Transport for London £3,204,990.
As well as congestion charge issue, foreign embassy staff have been exempted from a range of serious charges that in normal cases would have carried a penalty of at least 12 months in prison, according to figures released in parliament.
Five diplomats have escaped shoplifting charges since 2005, diplomats or their dependents from Saudi Arabia and one from Sierra Leone were alleged to have been involved in human trafficking and one from Saudi Arabia was accused of sexual assault.
There are 25,000 embassy staff and their dependents in the UK covered by diplomatic immunity: over the past five years there were 78 exemptions from serious charges.
One law for the rich, one for the diplomats and one for the poor devils who pay for both. That's you and me.