Budapest, October 3 (MTI) – Budapest could, in theory, introduce a congestion fee around the end of 2016, Mayor Istvan Tarlos said in an interview in Saturday’s issue of daily Nepszava.
He told the paper he would support a proposal, not from him, because of the “lack of a better one”. Under the proposal, drivers within the city limits would pay a minimal fee, while vehicles in the inner city would pay a congestion charge “in the literal sense of the word”, he added.
Tarlos noted that the congestion charge was a product of the city’s previous government which committed to its introduction as a condition for winning European Union support for the construction of the new fourth metro line.
There is no choice here: we have to introduce the congestion charge or pay back all of the support to the EU, he said.