Danish government rejects call for Copenhagen congestion charge

Danish government rejects call for Copenhagen congestion charge
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The government has said it would not support a proposal for a congestion charge required motorists to pay a surcharge to drive within designated areas of Copenhagen.

Transport minister Benny Engelbrecht said on Friday that the Social Democrats would not favour such a plan, after it was put forward in a report by a green transport commission.

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The idea was included in a report published Friday by the  so-called Car Commission (Bilkommission), which was appointed in 2019 to analyse ways to improve Danish traffic sustainability.

Two possible models are put forward in the commission’s report: one in which a per-minute charge is applied for driving within the congestion zone; and a daily charge.

The payment would also depend on the time of the journey, with higher charges at the peak hours of 7-9am and 3-5pm.

Although the Social Democrats are opposed to the proposal, they have favoured a similar one in the past.

In 2012, the coalition government led by the party shelved plans for a so-called ‘pay ring’ (betalingsring) after facing opposition to the measure.



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