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Trade union against toll booths

4 February 2007 - The Amsterdam chapter of trade union FNV Bondgenoten is against a system making car owners pay to enter the city. The union fears that businesses and institutions will leave the city, leading to job losses. The municipality wants to test such a system in 2010.

“It is unwise to be the only one to lead the way in the fight against pollution from exhaust fumes”, FNV Bondgenoten spokesperson Fred Roco told newspaper de Telegraaf last week.

In October last year, the ING Bank’s Economic Bureau published a study which claims that a London-style congestion charge would benefit rather than harm the Amsterdam economy. The proceeds of such a charge should be invested in ‘excellent’ public transport.

In 2003, London introduced a £5 charge for cars entering the centre, which has been raised to £8 a day since. Since the introduction of the charge, congestion, waiting times for public transport, air pollution and traffic deaths decreased.

Initially, many feared that the charge would harm businesses. Initially this seemed to be the case, but business has improved since. A number of analyses have been done, all finding that the charge has had no substantial effect on businesses, neither positive nor negative. By now, a majority of business owners in the centre support the congestion charge.

Illustration: entering the London congestion charging zone, photo Wikipedia.


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