You might have to pay for your seat in the UK’s new high-altitude toilet
You might be tempted to get out of bed and get on with your day, but this could end up costing you more.
The British Government has unveiled a new policy which will see people have to buy new toilet seats at high altitudes.
The National Planning Policy Framework, which is being rolled out across the country, includes a new requirement that toilet seats be at least 30 feet (9m) above the ground, and that all public toilets must have a minimum height of 25 feet (7m).
It also requires toilets to be “vertically attached”, meaning that they can only be lowered by lifting a ladder.
That means you might need to buy two or three new seats, costing an extra £400 for a single toilet.
People in Britain’s highest elevations are already paying a premium for the privilege, with the average UK adult paying £16,000 for a new toilet seat in 2020, compared to just £10,000 in the US, according to the World Bank.
But the new policy may have unintended consequences, as the British Government’s new rules will mean that even if you are not at the top of the food chain, you could still end up paying more for your next seat.
Some people will already be paying more because of a lack of space in the country’s toilets, according the Guardian, as a lack is already “shifting the costs” of toilet seats in many places, such as the UK and Ireland.
It is also important to note that this is not the first time that high-cost toilet seats have been introduced.
In 2017, the UK launched its first “high-altitudes” policy, requiring new seats to be at a height of over 10,000ft (3,600m), and the government has said it will continue to do so until 2021.
However, it is likely that the Government will be re-evaluating its plans in 2018, and will also have to look at whether to reintroduce the requirement at higher elevations, according Times Higher Education.
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