Nation-wide road pricing back on Dutch agenda

Government cites "inevitability" of congestion charging; launches stakeholder consultation

The Dutch government has launched a new debate on introducing nation-wide road pricing for all vehicles. In a policy paper on transport policy to 2020 issued on 30 September it called road pricing "inevitable" and pledged to avoid previous mistakes by working to win public support for the idea.

Road pricing has been high on the agenda in the Netherlands before. The previous government proposed such a system in 2001, only for parliament to reject the idea the following year. Independent experts again recommended national congestion charging in 2003 (EED 06/02/03).

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