Sweden: Pay Up or Leave Town

Pay Up or Leave Town

Stockholm's metropolitan council decided last week that driving in the congested city is not a right but a service akin to public transportation and that drivers should pay for the privilege. So the council will charge owners of private cars or motorcycles a $45 monthly fee for using their vehicles downtown on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The permit would also let holders ride the subway and buses.

If passed, as expected, by the city council, a higher governmental body, the measure will take effect in October 1990. It will probably cut the estimated < 195,000 cars that jam...

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