Amsterdam to introduce road toll

26th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 November 2004AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam is set to introduce a road toll within the next five years. One official said the move was necessary to prevent the city "dying of a traffic heart attack" by 2010.

26 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam is set to introduce a road toll within the next five years. One official said the move was necessary to prevent the city "dying of a traffic heart attack" by 2010.

A majority of councillors backed a plan to impose a so-called dynamic charge, under which motorists will be charged according to where they are and the length of time spent in the city.

The councillors dismissed warning the congestion charge would damage Amsterdam's competitiveness. Supporters of the scheme argued that chronic traffic jams are already impacting on the city's attractiveness to business.

A proposal by the Liberal Party (VVD) to implement a fixed charge was rejected because councillors felt it would not be sufficient to tackle the city's chronic traffic problems.

The plan, city officials say, is designed to encourage people to use public transport rather than take the car during rush hour. This will require increased investment in infrastructure.

Opponents argued that a road toll would be illegal. Even if introduced, its effective as a means of resolving the city's traffic problems is doubtful, they say.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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