NY Council rubber stamps traffic ‘congestion’ fee

MANHATTAN, N.Y. — The controversial plan to charge all cars and trucks entering downtown New York has been approved by New York City Council.

According to the New York Times, the so-called “congestion fees” would kick in for central Manhattan during peak traffic hours between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The plan calls for cars being charged $8 and most trucks $21 starting next March. Low-emission trucks would supposedly get discounts to $7.

The system would consists of electronic toll monitors and cameras that read licence plates.

The proposal was passed by a 30-20 vote. But it still needs to be approved by the state legislature by Monday, the Times reported.

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