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ING Bank wants toll booths

6 October 2006 – In order to improve the climate for investment, Amsterdam should introduce toll booths for cars entering the city centre. The proceedings should be invested in better public transport. This is the conclusion of a report of the Economic Bureau of the ING Bank.

In order to find out how Amsterdam can improve its image among investors, the ING made a comparison with Barcelona, Madrid and Stockholm. Especially transport connections need improvement, is the conclusion.

Following the example of London, Stockholm has introduced a ‘congestion charge’ for cars entering the city centre. This measure reduced congestion, pollution and accidents. Many residents and entrepreneurs were sceptical at first, but this changed when they saw the results.

ING argues for a congestion charge experiment in Amsterdam. This requires that motorists are offered an ‘excellent alternative’. The proceedings of the charge must therefore be invested in better public transport.

Public transport in the Spanish cities is half as expensive as in Amsterdam, and underground trains run at a higher frequency. Amsterdam is also lagging in investments in public transport.

Minister Karla Peijs recently told Parliament that it is ‘not desirable’ that Amsterdam introduces toll booths. “My message is clear: the car is no gravy train and we should prevent people getting that idea”. She was supported by the right-wing parties and the Social-Democrat PvdA.

The independent Amsterdam MP Gonny van Oudenallen complained about the left-wing city administration in the capital: here “they are constantly making trips to London and saying: we want this too”. Amsterdam says that it does not want to introduce toll booths, but that it is discussing other means of making car traffic more expensive in the city with the minister.

Apart from the toll booths, ING argues for investments in a glass fibre network, city promotion and swifter processing of applications for residence permits.

Background: Mileage charge experiment


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