Citymaut in Berlin: Traffic Senator wants to impose BVG ticket on motorists

New Zoff around city toll
:Traffic Senator wants to impose BVG ticket on motorists

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In order to relieve the city of traffic, Senator Regine Gnther wants to make driving and parking more expensive.

In order to relieve the city of traffic, Senator Regine Gnther wants to make driving and parking more expensive – and force the use of public.

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Transport Senator Regine Gnther (non-party, for the Greens) has launched a new debate on the limitation of car traffic in the city center and the promotion of public transport. Your suggestion: Motorists should pay a fee if they drive to the city center and thus automatically acquire a ticket for bus and train. Basically a modified and linked to the train city toll so. This way, motorists could easily change, said Gnther at a readers’ forum of the Berliner Morgenpost. The point is that those who want to use public space in the city should pay for it.

A city toll has been discussed for some time – the opposition is against it

It is just one of many ways in which Gnther wants to reduce traffic in the city. Another point of attack is the parking fees: The Traffic Senator wants to expand the areas where parking costs. According to Gnther, 75 percent of the parking spaces in the city center alone are to be paid for. In addition, the prices of one to three euros per hour to two to four euros will be increased, as the beginning of the week was known.

A city toll was already a frequent irritant issue in Berlin. The opposition drove Gnther with her recent proposal, which she described as the theme “for the next legislature”, quickly on the trees: The “anti-car senator” is planning a “compulsory blessing,” wrote the CDU. “We reject that.” Frank Scholtysek of the AfD spoke of “pathological car hate” and the attempt to pull the money out of his pocket at every opportunity. As long as the Berlin public transport is not comprehensively barrier-free and usable for all, Gnther’s suggestion is nothing more than an “ideological harassment”, tweeted Thomas Seerig, spokesman for social and disability policy at the FDP.

Even coalition partners think nothing of city toll and plead for “ffi Flatrate”

Even the coalition partners think little of Gnther’s Vorpreschen – but for quite different reasons. The left, the Greens and the SPD agree that they want to find new ways to finance public transport while making it more efficient and cheaper for passengers. For this purpose, a study should examine the numerous possible models on their feasibility – eligible, for example, a city toll for motorists in the city center, a local transport tax for all Berlin or a special tax for tourists. The leftists have been waiting for a long time for the results. They plead for a “public flatrate”, for each Berliner pays 30 euros for bus and train and then run without a ticket – but everyone should pay, regardless of whether he drives at all by public. Gnther should concentrate on the study and the research of the already discussed approaches, said Kristian Ronneburg (left) of the citizen of Berlin newspaper on Friday, “and not on, to communicate unprotected eggs in the public”. According to Traffic Administration, the study has just been put out to tender by the specifically established Advisory Panel AG Tariffs. With answers is expected at the earliest in mid-2020, it said on Friday.

The SPD holds nothing of Gnthers city toll idea and compulsory contributions in general, but relies on voluntariness. First, the public transport in Berlin must be “efficient, accessible, cheap and reliable,” said Tino Schopf, transport policy spokesman for the Social Democrats. The SPD assume that people then voluntarily changed. This necessarily includes an expansion of the subway, even if it was very expensive. In order to minimize downtown traffic, the SPD also wants to increase the number of Park & Ride parking spaces on the outskirts, where motorists could switch to public transport. “If that does not work, you can still talk about a compulsory levy in ten or fifteen years,” says Schopf. He also considers this approach to be socially equitable. With a city toll, you run the risk of adding extra to those who have moved into the outskirts for cost reasons.