Ahern considers congestion charge

The Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, has suggested that congestion charges could soon be introduced in many cities in the country.

Mr Ahern made the remarks in parliament and said that such measures could be necessary to reduce traffic and improve air quality.

He is quoted by the Bloomberg news agency as having said: “We have to face up to what other cities are doing, sooner rather than later. If we’re serious about emissions and congestion we can’t continue the way it’s been.”

However, the Prime Minster did not offer any details about how much drivers might have to pay to enter congestion charging zones.

The comments come just two months after the Irish Government implemented higher taxes on the most polluting cars.

These new rules are set to come into force in July.

Recently, John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, revealed new guidelines which were designed to act as a blueprint for future sustainable development of Irish cities, towns and villages.

James Cooper

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