Ljubljana used the knowledge and experience from other countries and explored the possibilities of using a road pricing tool to reduce traffic. The aim wasn’t to implement the congestion charging scheme, but to prepare it in order if the implementation will later be needed, i.e. if all other measures for sustainable mobility wouldn’t “suffice”.
The main objectives of the measure were to:
- Achieve a common understanding between all actors that congestion, air pollution, noise emissions and the decay of urban space are serious and increasing problems that need strong measures to decrease car traffic;
- Kick-off a constructive dialogue between actors on local, regional and national level on the potential of a sustainable congestion charging scheme in the urban agglomeration of Ljubljana;
- Achieve awareness and cooperation among national, regional and local decision makers that urban transport needs to become a high priority and an essential part of the national transport agenda;
- Define road pricing as part of an overall strategy to reach significant changes in urban and regional areas in favour of sustainable transport modes;
- Thoroughly study different options of congestion charging for the Ljubljana region and to identify the most appropriate road pricing scheme (organisational and technological);
- Achieve public acceptance through a dialogue with citizens;
- Reduce traffic congestion, noise and air pollution.
It aims to kick-off a constructive dialogue on the potential of a sustainable congestion charging scheme between actors on the local, regional and national level. Citizen dialogue will seek to gain public acceptance. Ljubljana will thoroughly study different options for congestion charging in Ljubljana that can complement the introduction of vignettes on the motorway ring around the city.