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It’s time to consider charging drivers for using urban roads

Colm McCarthy


Before committing to costly grand plans to fix urban transport, the Government should look at congestion charges

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Dublin traffic jam

Last week’s report from the OECD, the Paris-based think-tank for developed countries, furnished a checklist of environmental policy decisions bottled by Irish governments over the years, usually with all-party agreement.

Most prominent was the OECD’s unsurprising reminder that urban householders should pay for water as they do everywhere else, and as they do in rural Ireland. The report contained some advice too about the avoidance of future blunders, especially in urban transport investment.


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