Oslo boom would cost 160 kroner when the air is bad

Toll station on the E18 at LysakerOslo.Toll station on the E18 at Lysaker.Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

Toll in Oslo will be five times as high on days with particularly high pollution, the city council has decided.

This means that one passage in the toll booth will cost 160 kroner on days with high air pollution, according to Aftenposten. The proposal was approved with the votes of council’s parties Ap, MDG and SV, with KrF, Left and Right.

– I hope we do not get into a situation where we have to quintuple tolls, but if the alternative is that thousands have to stay inside because of dangerous air, we believe it is a necessary measure, says transport commissioner Lan Marie Nguyen Berg (MDG).

The decision means that those who need to drive a car, still have the opportunity, regardless of which fossil fuel the car uses. There will also be free public transport in Oslo and Akershus on the appropriate days following the demand from Right and Left.

Akershus County Council passed similar resolutions on Monday.

– This measure is better than a total ban on diesel cars. For this you will have the opportunity to run into Oslo by paying a higher price, said the Conservative’s Eirik Lae Solberg from the rostrum.

The municipality must have approval from the Ministry of Transport before the toll can be increased so sharply. If the municipality gives the green light, motorists will get twelve hour notice before the temporary toll is put in place.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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