Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
The government of Germany is currently mulling the idea of making public transportation system use in heavily polluted cities free as a means of reducing emissions and thus improving air quality.

Air Quality

Government Of Germany Mulling Free Public Transit Use In Polluted Cities As Means Of Improving Air Quality

The government of Germany is currently mulling the idea of making public transportation system use in heavily polluted cities free as a means of reducing emissions and thus improving air quality.

The government of Germany is currently mulling the idea of making public transportation system use in heavily polluted cities free as a means of reducing emissions and thus improving air quality, Reuters has reported.

The news originates with a letter reportedly seen by Reuters — sent to European Union Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella, and signed by Germany’s Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, chancellery head Peter Altmaier, and Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt — which lays out other possibilities as well (which are less ambitious), so the plans are by no means a sure thing as of yet.

As some background here for those unfamiliar with the situation, a number of cities in Germany are persistently home to levels of air pollution that exceed legality within the European Union. In recent times the European Commission has been making more threats (which to date have been empty ones) relating to this situation, with threats being issued last month that penalties could be coming soon.

Reuters provides more:

“In the letter, the authors proposed low emission zones, free public transport to reduce car use, extra incentives for electric cars, and technical retrofitting for existing vehicles as long as this is effective and economically feasible.”

“They said they would test these measures out in 5 cities — Bonn, Essen, Herrenberg, Reutlingen, and Mannheim — before rolling out the most successful measures to all other cities affected. The authors said they had agreed these measures with Germany’s federal states and municipalities, but Helmut Dedy, the head of the Council of German Cities, said he was surprised by the proposal. There had been plans for lowering ticket prices in some cities, he said, adding that the federal government would have to finance public transport if it wanted to make it free.”

That comment is in reference to the fact that, generally speaking, public transit systems in Germany are generally owned by local municipalities. As a result, opposition to the plans discussed above may be fairly strong.

It’ll be interesting to see if such an approach, if it ends up being trailed, will work to substantially reduce local air pollution problems. It would certainly make for an interesting experiment.

 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 

Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
 

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Advertisement
 
Written By

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

Comments

You May Also Like

Agriculture

Watch the videos on CNN, YouTube, wherever you like, and you are likely to see the same things I do. A Ukrainian soldier, who...

Autonomous Vehicles

The short news update on a case that extends back to 2019 is that an appeals court has overturned a regional court ruling from...

Cars

Compared to 2021, new passenger car sales have dropped by at least 11% and up to 20% in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the...

Fossil Fuels

Russia’s natural gas exports by pipeline to the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) declined by almost 40% during the first seven...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.