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:Regine Gnther’s suggestion is not radical enough

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"I still get insults, but increasingly also much encouragement," says Regine Gnther.

Once again brought a city toll into the game: Berlin’s Traffic Senator Regine Gnther (party, for Greens)


Thomas Uhlemann

Do not be upset, you want to call. Because the users in the network and the opposition in the House of Representatives are already foaming again. Regine Gnther has hammered out a new idea in a panel discussion on how the number of cars in the city center could be reduced. Motorists should make a tax and get a BVG ticket. A vague idea for which the administration has not prepared concrete plans.

Too radical, critics call anyway, the poor motorists! I think that’s not radical enough. Gnther is on the way, with which she certainly receives the consent of the Green voters: She wants to transform the motorists, with petted pedagogy. Stop with the individual traffic, with the air pollution – and you get the BVG ticket on top of it.

The public transport is the most effective lever for a traffic turnaround

The Traffic Senator would have to turn to us all. To motorists, cyclists, pedestrians. Because the public transport is common property. Poor or poor, pimp or bum – they throw the whole city together in a wagon. As many people as the public can not carry a Berlknig fleet or a newly built bicycle lane. They are the most effective lever for the so fervently demanded traffic turnaround.

Do we really want this traffic change? Then we should all pay for the public. 30 euros per month and citizens, but no more tickets – so the left had thought it and has been torn for it. Why pay those who have no train stop around the corner was one of the most rational arguments.

A citizen tax would put the policy in the duty

True, in the beginning it would be hard. We would all pay, but the railways would not be enough, the outskirts would still not be developed. But a flat rate for public transport would change this the fastest. First, it flushes funds into the coffers especially for this purpose. Secondly – and much more importantly – it puts politics directly under its obligation.

Because it is very simple: who pays, is entitled to promotion. The job of the Traffic Senator would be terribly uncomfortable – but maybe terribly efficient.