The road toll rates might increase in several cities, providing billions in public transport funding.
The road toll settlement was put into place after the toll riot in 2019 and states that the state increases its contribution to road projects in the cities in exchange for the cities using part of the funds to reduce the tolls.
The AP-SP government is changing the agreement and removing the link that refers to (reducing) tolls. This means that the big cities can reallocate NOK 3.7 billion that had been set aside to reduce toll rates, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.
These funds could thus be used for, for example, public transport.
“The change means that local authorities will have greater freedom to adjust toll rates. But it must be assessed in each individual case whether local changes to the toll system will require new processing in the parliament,” the Ministry of Transport noted.
The changes may already apply from next year. Bergen’s political leadership announced in June to Bergens Tidende that toll rates will be able to return to the level they were at before 2020. In Oslo, politicians have expressed a wish not to lower toll rates.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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