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European Journal

Belgium: Taking on traffic

Brussels ranks as the city with the worst traffic delays in the world, ahead of even Los Angeles, Milan and London. Now the authorities are considering introducing a road toll to reduce congestion.

The Brussels chamber of commerce estimates that traffic jams in Belgium’s capital cost the city 500 million euros a year. A test with 1,200 drivers has been launched to see if an electronic road toll could help. Much of the traffic congestion is caused by commuters who work in Brussels but live outside the city.