Congestion charges to arrive in Spanish cities

28th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 August 2006, MADRID — The government is considering imposing congestion charges in major Spanish cities to cut traffic and pollution, it was reported on Monday.

28 August 2006

MADRID — The government is considering imposing congestion charges in major Spanish cities to cut traffic and pollution, it was reported on Monday.

In a similar move to cities like London, Rome, Frankfurt, Cologne and Milan, charges would be imposed on drivers in the country's main cities.

The ruling socialist party was said to be considering introducing the charges to make city life more pleasant and less full of pollution.

It would also help to preserve historic city centres.

It will be considered at the party's conference next month.

But the Spanish daily El Pais reported it would prove to be an unpopular measure.

It quoted the socialist local government minister Alvaro Cuesta who admitted it would meet with opposition.

But he said the measure, if it is ever introduced, is likely to be modified by city councils to suit local needs.

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