A long held suspicion of this blog has been that the introduction of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags was to enable the creation of a congestion tax for entering town (https://www.21square.com/2007/04/solving_our_tra.html). Being that congestion taxes are usually initially seen as unfavorable by the public it is likely that Premier Brown has waited until getting a mandate before anouncing it. If introduced, such a tax could do much to reduce congestion with the proceeds likely going towards the costs of free transportation.
While long time readers of this blog would know of this writer’s support for such an initiative, they may also recall the preference of such an initiative being implemented as a 6 month trial as was done in Stockholm (https://www.21square.com/2007/04/traffic_solutio_2.html). Such would allow for the people to have a say in whether it makes a difference by providing followup studies of it’s effectiveness and a public plebicite (also known as a vote) being held to let the people decide if the policy was effective. This course of action however is less than likely as public consultation at this point would delay a plan likely years in the works and having a mandate means it’d be a trivial matter now anyway. None the less, hopefully we’ll see what impact a congestion tax can do to decrease traffic.