The Stockholm experience

17 February 2007  •  Author(s): Birger Höök, Project Manager, Swedish Road Administration

A congestion tax system was put into trial operation in the Stockholm inner city area between 3 January and 31 July 2006. The Swedish Road Administration (SRA) was commissioned by the Government for the implementation. An extensive, sophisticated technical system was developed in cooperation with IBM Svenska AB, the head contractor, to be able to manage the daily automatic registration of 500,000 passages and 200,000 tax decisions generated. Birger Höök was appointed project manager.

Sensitive traffic system

Water divides Stockholm. This means that all through-traffic must drive past the city over a few bridges. The present traffic volume on the main thoroughfares often greatly exceeds the capacity for which they were originally built. In other words, the Stockholm traffic system has almost reached its maximum capacity. This means that even a minor traffic incident during rush hour can have major repercussions in the form of heavy congestion and overstrained public transport services. During peak hours it can take up to three times longer than normal to cover a stretch on the city access roads, thoroughfares or inner city bridges.

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