Tuesday, July 21, 2009

German auto subsidy documented

...Every year local governments in Germany are estimated to spend some €15 billion on their car traffic. Only between 15% and 45% of these costs are recoveredby, for example, parking fees and contributions from regional and national government. The remainder is the equivalent of € 100 – € 150 for every citizen paid from the local authority budget. Results from other European cities indicate comparable subsidies. In the Austrian City of Graz, the net spending for car transport is double the amount contributed to their public transport system.... 2005 I.C.L.E.I