Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said, Sunday, that the ministry has no intention to collect a traffic-congestion fee for big cities and other places in the country. Responding to reports of such a fee, Katz said that he has opposed such a fee in the past.
The ministry will join the Treasury in a few months to examine the highway-usage patterns of drivers and how they are affected by incentives. There will soon be a test of 1,200 drivers in vehicles and vehicles equipped with special monitoring devices to record and analyze the distance and duration of a trip, the route, the hour a trip takes place and the vehicle's pollution output. While all participants will be compensated, there are incentives based on the route and the time of day that route is travelled. The company that operates the Trans-Israel highway recently published a bid for a company to carry out a three-year study.