The second largest city in Sweden, Göteborg, decided to introduce road tolling in order to cut traffic more effectively.
The city of Göteborg, located on Swedens’s west coast with around 520 000 inhabitants, lauched a road toll system on January 1st 2013. The toll effects all motorists entering or leaving the city. The system is similar to one introduced in the Swedish capital Stockholm in 2007, that has led to a of 15-18% reduction of traffic in the city centre according to a statement made by Eva Rosman from the Swedish Transport Agency to news agency TT.
The system, including 40 toll stations around the city, is aimed at financing infrastructure investments, reducing greenhouse gases and cutting traffic in Göteborg's city centre by around 15%.
The charges are applied between 6:00 am and 6:29 pm. Motorists entering and leaving the city Monday to Friday will pay between 8 and 18 kronor ($1.2 to $2.75, 0.93 to 2.10 euros), depending on the time of day, with an upper limit of 60 kronor a day. The toll won’t apply during the holiday month of July, evenings and weekends or to cars with foreign license plates and emergency vehicles. Motorists who don't pay will be fined 500 kronor.
Göteborg's city council approved the congestion charge in 2010, and it was later approved by the Swedish parliament. However, some of the residents do not support the idea and around 45,000 people have signed a petition calling for a referendum on the issue.
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