Car POLL: Should Britons who don't own a vehicle receive £1,000 as per plans in Germany?


    Vote in our poll on whether people should be given £1,000 if they do not have a car. And let us know more about what you think in the comments section.

    Our poll comes as campaigners from Changing Cities and the Institute for Urban Mobility are calling for an annual payment to people who do not own a car in Germany’s capital.

    Under the Berlin Free Road Premium, people who travel on foot, by bicycle, car sharing, bus or train would receive 1,100 euros (£942) every year.

    An annual subscription for all of Berlin’s transport costs around 1,000 euros (£856).

    According to campaigners, the scheme could cut the number of cars on Berlin’s streets by 60,000 a year.

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    But it is estimated that the initiative could cost around one billion euros (856 million).

    Urban planner and co-initiator Tim Lehmann told German newspaper Zeit: “This gives people back living space on their doorstep, which is a real added value.”

    Transport researcher Andreas Knie, head of the digital mobility research group at the Berlin Social Science Centre, said: “The free road bonus can work well in large cities like Berlin, Hamburg or Munich.”

    Mr Knie estimated that around half of owners could manage without their car in Germany’s capital, where 1.2 million vehicles are registered.

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    Commentator and former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney said: “No. Next question.”

    Another Twitter user wrote: “Surely they are forgetting rural areas where a bus is a rare sighting?

    “People always seem to think we all live in cities where there are frequent buses, trams, tubes and trains. We don’t.”

    A third suggested: “Make public transport free and people will use it.”

    Another said: “Yes, public transport can massively improve if there’s a massive increase in passenger numbers, bringing competing companies and lower fares.

    “Obviously public transport is bad in the countryside if everyone is using cars and there’s no money in it for bus companies.”

    Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.


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