Congestion Pricing Debuts in Milan

<p>The city of Milan, Italy, has instituted a congestion pricing system.</p>
January 7, 2008, 6am PST | Nate Berg
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"The 'eco-pass' is being policed by cameras at 43 electric gates around an 8-sq-km (three-square-mile) inner area."

"The mayor of Milan, Letizia Moratti, launched the charge predicting a 30% cut in pollution levels and a 10% reduction in traffic."

"Electric and hybrid cars are allowed to enter the congestion charge zone without payment."

"On weekdays, between 0730 and 1930, drivers will have to buy a ticket either online or from key points in the city."

"The price of the ticket depends on the vehicle involved and anyone who fails to pay the charge will face a fine of at least 70 euros (£52)."

"Money raised will go towards buses, cycle paths and green vehicles."

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Published on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 in BBC
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