In a rush to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines, Germany is considering making public transport free in five cities across western Germany in order to reduce the number of private cars. In the video above, a report by Al Jazeera English on how Estonia already tried this system.
Titans like BMW, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler or the world’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen agreed to pay some €250m euros into a billion-euro fund to upgrade local transport.
The government “should make sure that the car manufacturers finance the emergency measure” of free transport, Greenpeace urged, adding that more parking and road tolls in cities could help reduce urban traffic.
On their own account, the auto firms have stepped up plans to electrify their ranges, with a barrage of battery-powered or hybrid models planned for the coming decade..
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