To reduce fumes, Erdan tries to lower Carmel tunnel fees

August 29, 2011 12:17

Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan on Monday asked Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz on Monday, to reduce the toll fees for trucks and buses passing through the Carmel tunnel, in order to decrease air pollution in Haifa.

According to the ministry, because the current fares are so expensive – NIS 57 for trucks and NIS 34 for buses, five and three times the price for private vehicles, respectively – truck and bus drivers prefer to take alternate routes through the city, increasing air pollution emissions by three or four times.

"We must also utilize the tunnel toll system to create environmental and health benefits, especially in an area like the Haifa Bay, which suffers from air pollution as a result of industrial activity," Erdan said in a statement.

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