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For Better Air in the Cities: Bund Is Considering To Promote Free Local Transport – Politics

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 | bitcoin updates


The Federal Government wants to expand its measures for clean air in German cities in the face of an impending complaint of the EU Commission. The federal government, together with federal states and municipalities, is considering free public transport to reduce the number of private vehicles. This is from a letter from Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (SPD), Transport Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) and Chancellor Peter Altmaier (CDU) to EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella out. The letter was the German Press Agency on Tuesday. First, the magazine "Politico" has reported on it. Until now there is no free public transport in Germany, according to the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV). The proposal for public transport could mean that the federal government financially supports countries and municipalities if they want to introduce free public transport. In many German cities pollutant limits are not met. "We also see this very critical," said a VDV spokeswoman on Tuesday the German Press Agency. With about twelve billion euros annually, the transport companies financed about half of the ticket sales. "That would have to finance at the end of the taxpayer." More billions would be necessary for new buses, trains and personnel. Because: "We would have a free offer an enormous passenger growth." From the ministries involved, there was initially no opinion. The Federal Government introduces other measures in the letter to the European Commission. It also refers to the billion-plus program for better urban air that has already been launched. In addition, "on-demand" cities should be helped to put in place effective traffic rules to reduce car-borne pollution. The effectiveness of measures for a better air should be tested in five "model cities" – namely in Bonn, Essen, Herrenberg (Baden-Württemberg), Reutlingen and Mannheim. According to the coalition agreement, commuter traffic is to be promoted by rail. The fight against air pollution has "the highest priority" for Germany, according to the letter. A new federal government would immediately initiate new measures. In its coalition agreement, the Union and the SPD had agreed to significantly increase efforts to improve air quality, especially in particularly polluted cities, with countries and municipalities. For example, the switch from vehicle fleets to low-emission drives is to be promoted.

In addition, according to the coalition agreement, the transfer of commuter traffic to rail should be promoted. In addition, the regulatory framework is to be amended in such a way that countries and local authorities are in a position to issue binding specifications and emission limits for commercial passenger transport such as buses and taxis. The EU Commission considers that Germany's measures to date are inadequate in order to comply with limit values ​​for nitrogen oxides. She had asked the federal government to refill. The commission wants to find in March about a possible complaint before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) because of too high air pollution against Germany and eight further states, communicated a spokeswoman of the Brussels authority on Monday. If Germany would lose such a legal dispute, ultimately high fines would be threatened. The subject of driving bans will also be discussed on February 22 at the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig. The court could make a groundbreaking decision as to whether driving bans are lawful. The Federal Government had stated that – despite all efforts – 20 German cities will probably not be able to comply with the EU limit values ​​for nitrogen oxides until 2020. An important source of nitrogen oxides is the car traffic – especially diesel cars are in the criticism.

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