Thursday, June 24, 2010

Danish government dismisses road tax plans

COPENHAGEN. The leading party of the liberal-conservative Danish government will not allow the capital Copenhagen to introduce a system of congestion charges, a type of road tax aimed at lowering the number of cars on the city’s streets.
The local government of Copenhagen, lead by the social democrats, would like to introduce congestion charges as soon as possible as part of the city’s ambitious environmental policies.
But a representative of venstre, Denmark’s largest political party, says that the government will not allow this to happen, reports daily Berlingske Tidende.
The scheme will cost people who drive cars too much, according to venstre.
Swedish capital Stockholm introduced congestion charges on a permanent basis in 2007. License numbers are registered when cars pass unmanned control points (picture) at entrances to the city centre. Car owners are billed for the charges. Copenhagen would like to introduce a similar system.
The Danish capital seeks to profile itself as a global Climate Capital, but sometimes meets resistance from the national government. Copenhagen is knows as one the best cities in the world for bicycling and has ambitious plans improve public transportation further.