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The "congestion charge" at the entrance to Gush Dan managed to provoke a big storm even when it was just an idea. How much will we pay, where and when? Here are all the details

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We are on the map: How much will the entrance to Tel Aviv cost?

It will only happen in more than three years, and yet: on the night between Thursday and Friday, the Finance Committee approved the "congestion charge" at the entrance to Gush Dan, the charge that managed to provoke a big storm even when it was just an idea.

How much will we pay, where and when?

Here are all the details


  • Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area

  • Congestion fee

  • Vehicles

  • Omar Moab

Sonia Gorodisky

Sunday, 24 October 2021, 13:12 Updated: 14:02

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Only in 2025 will we start paying the "congestion charge" at the entrance to Gush Dan, but it seems that the outline managed to provoke a big storm even when it was still just an idea, perhaps because it was perceived as a kind of tax designed to make Tel Aviv a city to pay to enter the periphery.

The professor of economics at Reichman University and Warrick University, Omar Moav

, is more identified than any other economist with the push for congestion charges. He was among the first economists in Israel to dare to recommend such an unpopular move as one of the solutions to traffic jams in Israel. Despite this, he has quite a bit of criticism of the wording of the law as approved by the Knesset Finance Committee for a second and third reading last weekend.

"According to the Knesset debates, it seems that they do not understand the idea of ​​a congestion charge, this is not a punishment for those who chose to travel in a private car. With all the exemptions, and the more there are, the more it will eliminate the whole thing, "he says in an interview with Walla!

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How much will it cost to enter Gush Dan by car?

Full Map (Photo: Google Earth)

Outside Gush Dan to Lev Tel Aviv: NIS 15-37.5, depending on time

The fee will be paid when entering 3 rings in Gush Dan, in the center of the employment areas in Tel Aviv, where the rings contain the main roads leading to cities in the area: Crossing the outer ring towards the congestion center from 6:30 to 10:00 in the morning will cost NIS 5 and crossing the middle rings In the afternoon - 15:00 to 19:00 in the evening, crossing the congestion-oriented rings towards the outer ring, the rate will be half of the above amounts, and the daily ceiling will be NIS 37.5.


According to Prof. Moab the resulting ring method is unsuccessful and there are other, much less problematic methods - such as continuous monitoring - technology that is entering Singapore these days and includes using a tracking sensor in every vehicle and paying by route or alternatively placing cameras at all nodes that follow the vehicle route.

The solutions that Moab is talking about may solve the problem of the residents living in the area of ​​the rings so that they do not have to pay every time they cross the ring, and they were rejected due to the technological complexity and existing restrictions in Israel of privacy protection. In order not to harm the residents of the congestion area, the regulations stipulate that if they enter and leave the same area within half an hour, they will be exempt from payment.

According to Moab, "It's stupid for several reasons. Even a resident of the area who crosses a ring has to pay for it. He uses the road, so why not pay? Second, the half-hour limit could lead to more road accidents, because a person bordering on half an hour would click "The gas will rush to save the money. All the residents of the center, millions of people, every time they travel for a short time they will try to hurry to do it in half an hour. We will see more road accidents."

Moab adds: "In the method of the rings whoever enters into the rings and is between the two rings can travel as much as he wants and do a lot of congestion without paying for it at all,it's not good".

Prof. Omar Moav: "The postponement to 2025 shows a lack of understanding or populism" (Photo: Flash 90, no)

Why would taxi drivers pay only 50%?

According to the congestion law, special taxis will pay 50% of the tax amount, and the Moab method does not make sense: "It's just weird. Why if I drive myself in my car I pay full price, and if I pay the driver to drive me I get a 50% discount? "It makes no sense."

However, he says that "the exclusion of two-wheeled vehicles from paying the toll is reasonable and reasonable - they do not take up much space on the road. In Israel in particular - they are always between the lanes, slipping between cars, it is not like in cultural countries ".

A statement from the Finance Committee said that "a number of changes have been made to the congestion law for the benefit of the public, including postponing the entry into force of the outline for a year - March 2025 in order to ensure that the full response required by public transport is met."

According to Moab, "The postponement to 2025 shows a lack of understanding or populism. It again shows that they perceive the congestion charge as a punishment on the public. If it is a good and right thing, then to postpone it? It is not for the public but against the public."

Matan Segal, Operations Manager of the Pest Control Fields Company: This is not something that business owners can afford "(Photo: None)

"Every time we find a different way to spend a few more shekels"

Although the new tax will only apply in more than three years and will ultimately work for the benefit of the public, as Moab explained, it is already causing a public outcry. Some employers who lease a car will probably pay the congestion tax expense, but among the self-employed the picture is completely different. Those who work in the central area will have to pay the tax expenses out of pocket.

This is a broad public of self-employed service providers - which includes, for example, most of the garages located in Tel Aviv, various clinics and many others. Matan Segal, Operations Manager of the Pest Control Fields Company, tells Walla! Money because pest control workers carry equipment that does not allow them to move to a two-wheeled vehicle and therefore will have to bear considerable expenses which, he says, will be rolled into the consumer's pocket.

According to Segal, "It's clear to everyone that this is not something that business owners can afford, it will eventually fall on the consumer. We work on the road, I do not have so much in bar. We have a lot of customers in the Tel Aviv area, so need to send some talk, it is not "Something we as a company can absorb. At the moment there are 15 exterminators in the area, half of them in the central area. This means hundreds or thousands of shekels a month because of their entrances to Tel Aviv.

It also hurts business owners who are inside Tel Aviv. .

"I am not surprised by the intention to impose a congestion tax. They know how to spend money, but every time we forget that raising taxes and harming businesses independently will not last forever, there will be an explosion here sometime. Every time we find another way to spend a few more shekels. The corona, "he says.

MK Alex Kushnir, Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Responds to Prof. Moav's claims (Photo: Noam Moskowitz, Knesset Spokeswoman)

"We have postponed to 2025 to synchronize with the Ministry of Transportation's five-year plan"

The chairman of the Finance Committee, MK Alex Kushnir, responds to Professor Omar Moav's criticism and says regarding special taxis: "On the one hand they are public transport, and on the other hand because of the low fill factor they produce congestion on the roads. "We had to find the balance between the need to impose real external costs created by congestion, and giving expression to the fact that this is complementary public transport and therefore, we decided to lower the tariff by 50% but remove the daily limit of tax on taxis."

Kushnir agrees that "continuous monitoring is the most optimal and effective tool that truly expresses the tax on travel." However, he said, "There is currently no technology in the world that can provide a solution. Only next year is such a technology being implemented in Singapore but there are many challenges in terms of privacy protection, so this is unfortunately not a viable alternative. It is important to note that the model we reached "From what is customary in the world, because we have created 3 rings with differential collection as you get closer to the congestion area, compared to one ring that is used today in most metropolitan areas where there are congestion charges."

Regarding the postponement of the toll application for 2025, Kushnir explains that the intention is to "synchronize with the Ministry of Transportation's five-year plan, in order to give them the opportunity to implement the huge investments planned in this budget for the development of public transport and infrastructure.Beyond the five-year plan that will give a boost to all public transportation in the country - all the income from the congestion fees will be channeled to investment in public transportation and the metro project. "

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