High parking rates cause embarrassment

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Oslo’s city administrator says he’s “almost embarrassed” after a new study once again places the Norwegian capital as among the most expensive in the world, this time because of its parking rates.

Colliers International reported last week that it costs an average USD 54.52 to park a car for a day in Oslo. Only Abu Dhabi is more more expensive than Oslo, according to Collier’s ranking of capitals all over the world.

Oslo also imposes tolls on all cars driving into or through the city, while the state imposes heavy taxes on the purchase of a car, on the gasoline needed to run it, and on the annual registration needed to legally drive it in Norway.

Stian Berger Røsland of the Conservative Party, who holds Oslo’s top political post as byrådsleder, seized the opportunity to scoff at criticism from his socialist party opponents who claim Oslo doesn’t have restrictive policies on automobile use. “This is almost embarrassing,” Berger Røsland said of the high parking fees.

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