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Cities to implement congestion charges

France could be introducing congestion charges for vehicles in cities for the first time, according to BBC.

Motorists would have to pay a €2.50 toll in cities with more than 100,000 people, and €5 in bigger cities like Marseille, Nice and Lyon.

The proposed measure, outlined in a draft bill to "limit car traffic and fight against pollution", has faced opposition from some local authorities.

The government-backed law is to be voted on by the end of the year.

The "urban toll", which could charge larger vehicles like trucks as much as €20, would allow local authorities to decide on when and where the charge would apply.

The bill also plans to establish new low-emission areas around some 20 cities by 2020 to restrict or ban highly polluting vehicles.

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