Congestion charges for German city centers?

Munich. Congestion charges for roads going through city centers similar to the system in London might soon be introduced in German cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

According to a recent study by Deloitte Consulting, 58 percent of 73 cities with more than 400,000 inhabitants in 15 European countries included in the study (12 of which are German cities) are in principle interested in charging for driving into the city center. Fourteen percent of the cities involved are already working on plans for congestion charging.

"All European cities can benefit from London's experiences with congestion charging and its success," said Heino von Schuckmann, a partner at Deloitte in Germany and responsible for the public sector. "But Germany's priority in 2003 should be the introduction of a turnpike toll."

Most of the city representatives interviewed said that the introduction of a congestion charge would reduce air pollution. Further findings of the study "Survey of European Cities and Local Authorities on Congestion Charging" can be found in English on the Internet under .

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