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LMP to Submit Bill on Introducing Budapest Congestion Fee

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.03.04.

Opposition green LMP will submit a bill on introducing a congestion charge in Budapest, a city deputy of the party said on Saturday.

The measure would improve air quality and help eliminate traffic jams, József Gál told a press conference.

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In 2013, under the leadership of Free Democrat Mayor Gábor Demszky, the Budapest municipality made a commitment to Brussels to enact a congestion charge in connection with construction of metro line 4, he told a press conference.

“We can now be grateful that the much-maligned EU has not fined us yet,” he said.

Gál noted that István Tarlós, the current mayor, has delayed introducing the fee, citing a national law that prohibits local governments from charging a congestion fee.

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Revenue from the fee could be spent on building further P+R carparks and developing public transport networks to help improve air quality, he said.


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