September 14, 2004 - Congestion Charges Overwhelmingly Rejected in Unofficial Referendums

Voters in 12 Stockholm suburbs have held referendums on the plan to introduce congestion charges for motor traffic into and out of the capital.

All 12 have overwhelmingly opposed the imposition of car tolls. In the island of Lidingö, where there’s concern motorists will have to pay to leave or enter the island, the vote 10 to 1 against the charges.

The local referendums have no legal status and are merely a reflection of public opinion. Stockholmers will be holding their own referendum on the controversial plan, but only in September 2006, after the system has been tested for 21 months.