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Budapest mayor eyes congestion charge

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According to Budapest mayor István Tarlós, Hungary’s capital could see the introduction of a congestion levy by the end of 2016, Tarlós said in an interview with Hungarian daily Népszapadság published today.

The mayor believes that the timeline is realistic and added that the charge was a condition for European Union support for the construction of the capital's recently completed number four metro line.

Currently the introduction of such a charge is prohibited by an earlier decision made by Hungarian Parliament, but the mayor expects revisions to be made. The mayor added that technical conditions still need to be assessed and the city’s public transport companies are working on designating zones for the charge.

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