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Left-wing mayor’s early success in Italy’s first congestion charge scheme

MIian’s Giuliano Pisapia, elected May last year along with a raft of left-wing mayors has achieved early success with the country’s first congestion charging scheme. In its third day traffic had been cut by 30%, there were no traffic problems and public transport coped well. In the affected central zone of Italy’s financial capital there were almost 37,000 vehicles, compared to over 54,000 last Tuesday. The scheme runs Monday to Friday 7.30am to 7.30pm and the charge is five euros, with residents benefiting from 40 free tickets a month and then paying two euros. The scheme, as was the case when introduced in London, has met heavy opposition, above all from the wealthy residents of central Milan. Pisapia, formerly a member of the Communist Refoundation party, is now a member of the Left Ecology Freedom party, led by Puglia Governor Nichi Vendola.  Il Manifesto

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