Rush hour fee works. After entry into Oslo, the number of cars passing the payment ring is reduced by 14,000 in just one year. The Asthma and Allergy Association calls it an important step in the right direction.
There are about 14,000 fewer cars on the roads in Oslo during a normal working day now than in June and August in 2017 shows numbers NRK has received from Fjellinjen. This corresponds to a decrease of 4 percent.
In Bergen, the same happened. There was a cut-off period after the introduction of a rush hour fee, and in just over two years there are, on average, 8000 fewer passages, figures from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration confirm. Kristiansand was out early and launched a rush hour fee already in 2013. Traffic also went down there.
Assistant Secretary-General of the Asthma and Allergy Association, Bo Gleditsch says the numbers make him excitedly happy.
“It’s very gratifying to see that measures like this working. I hope that it is a sign that we as a society actually manage to change ourselves,” he says.
Photo: ODD RØMTELAND.