The city of Prague plans to introduce a congestion charge in 2015. Setting up a toll system is estimated to cost US$37 million with operating costs in the first year expected to be just under US$25 million. Drivers would pay $6.95 to enter the city centre.

According to a feasibility study, the charge will reduce Prague’s traffic volume by at least 20 per cent and the number of cars would fall by 30 per cent. Deputy Mayor of Prague, Rudolf Blazek, has said that work on the system could start in three to four years. It is not possible to implement the scheme earlier because of existing legislation.

PUBLICATION: ITS International
DATED: 23rd October 2009