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8652Hidden subsidies for urban car use in Europe

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  • J.H. Crawford
    Jun 13, 2005
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      This just came in:
      NB: the subsidies are per INHABITANT, not per CAR!!!

      Study shows extent of hidden subsidies for urban car

      19/05/05, Freiburg - For immediate release

      Study shows extent of hidden subsidies for urban car

      Local authorities across Europe are subsidising
      private car use by up to EUR 250 per citizen a new
      study published today by ICLEI - Local
      Governments for Sustainability shows. ICLEI calls on
      local authorities to cut such hidden
      subsidies and to boost investment in sustainable
      public transport. Examples of the type of
      subsidises being paid include maintenance of roads and
      green spaces alongside streets,
      traffic signals, lighting, traffic police and parking.

      Gino van Begin, ICLEI Regional Director for Europe
      said, “Car drivers are getting a free ride
      from local authorities and the result is increased
      congestion and pollution in European cities.
      Redressing the balance in favour of investments in
      sustainable transport will be good for the
      economy and the health of urban-dwellers.”

      Based on analysis of local authority budgets of 12
      German cities as well as Graz (Austria),
      Geneva (Switzerland) and Ferrara (Italy) ­ the report
      shows that most of the money used to
      subsidise private transportation is not recovered. In
      Germany, sources such as parking fees
      and fines bring in an average of just 29.1% of
      expenditure. In Graz, the net spending for car
      transport is double the amount contributed to the
      public transport system.

      The publication comes as evidence is emerging of
      cities exceeding
      EU pollution limits that
      came into effect in January. The legislation sets
      levels of soot particles - which can only be
      exceeded on 35 days in a year. In February a number of
      Italian cities saw car bans and in
      March, Munich and Stuttgart both recorded their 36th
      day of excessive soot particles.

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