Claim: Council plans to introduce €5 fee for driving into central Rīga

The Rīga City Council is planning to introduce an entry fee for cars driving into central Rīga, according to the commercial TV3 program Nekā personīga.  

The show notes that the Rīga municipality has long been trying to reduce traffic congestion in central Rīga, however with 2020, when the construction of Rail Baltica is to begin, several main streets are to be closed in the Latvian capital.

Rīga has attracted a Danish urban planner to work out solutions, but despite this TV3 claims that the council has already decided to adopt posing an entry fee of €5 for everyone driving into central Rīga.

In particular, drivers crossing the Vanšu or Stone bridges, as well as the Brasa, Zemitāns and other overpasses, are to pay the entry fee.

Nekā personīga claims that the plan is shrouded in great secrecy as the ruling council party (Harmony) is afraid to lose votes.

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