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Swede dreams


News stand (NCE 5/12 January) reports the present Stockholm congestion charge trial as being similar to London. This is not the case.

Stockholm is using the 'tag and beacon' based system used for some years in neighbouring Norway.

This is a cheaper, more flexible and more efficient system than London. The Stockholm charge varies through the day according to the level of congestion with a maximum charge of about £2.

Unlike London, the Swedes have decided to recognise the charge as a tax.

There will be a referendum of the people of Stockholm at the end of the trial to decide whether the scheme should continue or not.

Gordon Taylor (M) gwhtaylor@yahoo. co. uk

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