Budapest (MTI) – The radical nationalist Jobbik party is examining options for initiating a referendum on the government’s controversial road toll scheme.
Party officials said at a news conference on Tuesday that the scheme was causing “chaos” in the suburbs of Budapest and on the route to the international airport.
Jobbik noted that road-users were experiencing difficulties getting hold of county-based e-stickers and the authorities had failed to indicate that certain roads sections now carried a fee. The party officials also complained that traffic on motorways leading to Budapest had dwindled since the new system’s introduction on Jan. 1 while suburban highways were now clogged up.
The opposition Socialist Party has called on the government to waive fines for non-payment of the new motorway e-toll and the Democratic Coalition (DK), the Egyutt (Together) party and green opposition LMP have demanded the new system be scrapped altogether.
Under the scheme introduced on Jan. 1 a fee applies to use of the M0 ring around Budapest and links to motorways. E-stickers for individual counties costing 5,000 forints, or 16 euros a year can also be purchased.