Budaörs Mayor stops paying for public lighting

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Tamás Wittinghoff, the mayor of Budaörs, informed Hungarian Transport Administration (KKK) that the local council of Budaörs will no longer pay for the public lighting on the M1 and M7 highways, from the city boundary to the higway exits. This is the result of a disagreement with the recently adpoted road toll and county sticker system, online daily Origo reported today.

Wittinghoff announced that both the M1 and M7 highways begin at the city boundary, and that the local council has made developments worth billions, even if they were not obliged to do so, and these developments have become the property of the Hungarian State. In addition, the local council pays a significant share in the daily maintenance of this section of highway including the cost of public lighting.

“As the initial sections of the M1 and M7 highways have recently become toll roads, and with this the transport conditions were unilaterally changed, as of February 28, 2015, I am cancelling the local council’s public lighting contract signed in 2002” Wittinghoff said. He added that “regarding the tolls which are required as of January 1, 2015, we are not willing to pay for public lighting during the notice period; we will send all invoices to the Hungarian Transport Administration. We have informed Budapest Electricity Company ELMŰ.”

It was reported in December that every highway and motorway in Hungary would become a toll road as of January 2015, requiring county stickers and an additional fee.

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