The government rejects congestion tax in Copenhagen for cars

Transport Minister Benny Engelbrecht (S) says no to introducing a congestion charge in the capital.

The government will not have introduced a so-called congestion charge for motorists in the environmental zone in Copenhagen and in Frederiksberg.

This is what Minister of Transport Benny Engelbrecht (S) said on Friday at a press conference in the Ministry of Transport.

– We do not have an ambition to introduce a tax in Copenhagen. There are many ways to fight congestion, throughout the country in general, and this is not a solution that we want, he says.

The possibility of introducing a congestion charge was included when the Commission for the Green Transformation of Passenger Cars presented its second interim report earlier on Friday.

The Commission has worked with both a minute model and a day model, ie where motorists pay a fee depending on whether they drive inside the environmental zone for a number of minutes or an entire day.

The payment must also depend on whether you drive during or outside the rush hour, which is defined as between 7-9 and 15-17.

Benny Engelbrecht says in an elaboration to Ritzau that he does not believe that a congestion charge in Copenhagen and in Frederiksberg could make many people opt out of the car in favor of public transport.

– This presupposes that public transport is there as a real alternative.

– And there you have to say that it lags, and therefore a proposal like this will have an effect of taxing people who go to work. We do not want to do that, we do not want to fight mobility.

– But of course we will look at how we can solve the congestion challenges when we get to the infrastructure negotiations later in the year, he says.

Some years ago, the Social Democrats had plans to introduce payment for driving around Copenhagen.

Back in 2012, however, after massive opposition, the then SR-SF government had to shelve plans to introduce a so-called payment ring.

/ ritzau /

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