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  6/17/2012, Sivan 27, 5772

Bill Would Hold Road 6 Tolls for Traffic Delays


Drivers who get stuck in a traffic jams will not have to pay part of the toll on the Cross Israel Highway, if a bill proposed by MK Yulia Shemalov Berkowitz becomes law. The Highway,  also known as Road 6, is one of the few toll roads in Israel, and was designed as a fast transport road, enabling commuters from peripheral areas to reach business centers in the Dan Region within an hour or so.

Recent construction projects, however, have slowed down traffic considerably, with many drivers complaining that they would have a faster commute using standard roads. In response, the MK authored a bill that would prevent the Derech Eretz company, the operator of Road 6, from collecting tolls on portions of the road where there was construction-related delays. The bill was approved Sunday by the Ministerial Law Committee and comes up for its first Knesset reading Wednesday. It is expected to pass easily.