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Gothenburg toll cameras hit in 'paintball' attack

Gothenburg toll cameras hit in 'paintball' attack

Published: 19 Mar 2013 11:36 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Mar 2013 11:36 GMT+01:00

In an apparent protest against Gothenburg's new congestion charges, local residents have sabotaged eleven of the city's toll-booth cameras in what is suspected to be a paintball attack.

The attack, which was carried out on Sunday night, left eleven of Gothenburg's toll cameras covered in yellow paint.

"They've been shot at with paint, probably from paintball guns," Eva Rosman, spokeswoman at the Swedish Transport Authority (Transportstyrelsen), told the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper.

Officials managed to clean four of the cameras immediately, but the other seven remained out of service for the rest of Monday.

The attack is not the first time the cameras have been subjected to vandalism.

"So far it's been individual stations now and then, but there have been six incidents since the cameras were introduced in January," Rosman told the paper.

Gothenburg residents upset by the fees have reacted especially to the locations of the cameras in the city, with many erected in residential areas.

The locations also helped explain why the suspected paintballers were able to get such close access to the cameras. In Stockholm, the congestion cameras installed in 2007 are mostly located on large roads and bridges.

The transport agency plans to report the matter to the police.

The system, aimed at financing infrastructure investments, reducing

greenhouse gases, and cutting traffic in the city centre by around 15 percent, includes 40 toll stations around the city.

Motorists entering and leaving the city on weekdays must pay between eight and 18 kronor (between $1 and $3) depending on the time of day, with an upper limit of 60 kronor a day.

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12:09 March 19, 2013 by Abe L
I'm glad some people are standing up to this nonsense, you don't solve congestion by imposing more taxes on citizens. Especially not on to those that already are among the highest taxed in Europe and globally.

You solve congestion by making public transportation a viable alternative, creating affordable housing closer to the workplace and by simply adding more road capacity.

Just adding another tax and leaning backwards as a city official so you can claim you're doing something about the problem doesn't help anyone at all.
12:29 March 19, 2013 by karex
Maybe in part the protest could be motivated by the fact that solving congestion is reallly not the motivation but finding a new way to get more money is?

If reducing congestion were the real motivation, they wouldn't hike up the cost of public transportation at the same time.

When the aim is to get more money by creating a new tax which directs residents to another way out: leave their cars at home and use public transport, you will loose that revenue, so you hit their pockets in the public transport area as well...
12:36 March 19, 2013 by Rishonim
@ Abe, exactly. A monthly SL pass cost close to 800.kr while in Paris, (RATP) ,the same is about 220.kr. No wonder people are getting frustrated with the government institutionalized extortion.
13:02 March 19, 2013 by RobinHood
Like so many good ideas, the Göteborg toll has been ruined by poor consultation, and rotten implementation.

If it collapses in chaos - and it might- the people responsible should be asked to make a contribution towards the wasted costs from their own pockets.
13:20 March 19, 2013 by Logic_and_Reason
Is public transportation in Gothenburg really public? Or is it privately owned?
13:45 March 19, 2013 by skogsbo
I've read in other places, that cities need to be the right shape, right road layout and have residential housing in the right place for some kind of congestion charge to work as it should. This one even charges people for the privilege of driving past it, or going up to the airport, plus even those heading to Liseberg which pretty much out of town are taxed too.
09:22 March 20, 2013 by matressmonkey
I've never seen a country more in need of a "low tax" political party. Why isn't there one? I'm not a citizen so I can't do it but between nonsense like this commuter tax and the TV/computer tax I bet it would be pretty easy to a minimum threshold of votes.
11:45 March 20, 2013 by robban70226
What a waste of time using paintbals, Use real bullets or high power ar rifles and use them as target practice, that is more effective!!!
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