In 2002, it was decided to carry out extensive public hearings during 2003, followed by a referendum. The referendum was only meant to be guiding. The public hearings lead to some adjustments of the design of the road pricing system.
The referendum took place in February 2005. The result was that 74% voted no to introducing road pricing while only 26% voted yes. This resulted in the City Council’s decision to immediately drop all plans to introduce road pricing. Most of the planned investments will still be carried out but will now be financed by ordinary taxes.