Opposition green LMP will submit a bill on introducing a congestion charge in Budapest, a city deputy of the party said. The measure would improve air quality and help eliminate traffic jams, József Gál told a press conference.
In 2013, under the leadership of Free Democrat Mayor Gábor Demszky, the Budapest municipality made a commitment to Brussels to enact a congestion charge in connection with construction of metro line 4, he said. “We can now be grateful that the much-maligned EU has not fined us yet,” he added.
Gál noted that István Tarlós, the current mayor, has delayed introducing the fee, citing a national law that prohibits local governments from charging a congestion fee. Revenue from the fee could be spent on building further P+R carparks and developing public transport networks to help improve air quality, he said.