Car-free day in Copenhagen looking unlikely

Konservative party lay down veto

Earlier this year, news emerged that the Danish capital was due to enjoy its first ever car-free day on a Sunday in September. Those plans, however, are evaporating like diesel fumes on HC Andersens Boulevard.

The Konservative party used its right to veto the plans at City Hall yesterday, citing a lack of funds for the green initiative, and the car-free day now looks unlikely.

No funds set aside
The 4.7 million kroner it would cost was too steep a price to pay for one car-free day, according to Jakob Næsager, the head of Konservative at City Hall.

“Not one single kroner has been set aside for a car-free Sunday,” Næsager said on Facebook.

READ MORE: Copenhagen to get its first car-free day in September

“Absurd” move
Without any funds set aside for the initiative, the money would have to be found in the surplus tax funds from last year.

Morten Kabell (Enhedslisten), the city’s deputy mayor for technical and environmental issues, who originally announced the car-free initiative, called the veto by Konservative “absurd”.