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New York wants to introduce car-loving America's first congestion charge, but the move faces fierce opposition — including from the city's famous yellow taxis.

The plan aims to improve air quality in the Big Apple by easing Manhattan's traffic-choked streets. It is similar to the congestion charge that has long been in place in London and Singapore.

It also seeks to raise much-needed revenue to upgrade a creaking subway system that is used by around four million New Yorkers every day.

The scheme is slated to start next year but is being challenged in court — highlighting the difficulty of levying drivers in a country where car is king.

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