The German government is considering several measures for improving the quality of air in major cities, including making all inner city public transport free to use. The potential measures come as a response to the threat of legal action from the EU over the fact that German air quality still does not meet EU-prescribed standards. News that Germany is considering such a dramatic change in public transport policy comes from a leaked letter sent by three government ministries to the EU. The letter, seen by the German Press Agency (DPA), states that the intended consequence of making transport free at the point of use is that it would reduce the number of cars on the roads of German cities. No German city currently offers free public transport. The proposal foresees that the federal government would support local governments financially if they were to take it upon themselves to offer free public transport. The leaked proposal was met with immediate criticism from the Association of Transport Companies (VDV), which pointed out that transport companies currently generate around half of their turnover through ticket sales. “We are very sceptical about this plan,” a spokeswoman said. “In the end, the taxpayer will have… Read full this story
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