Germany plans to make public transport free under efforts to improve air quality in cities. For years, the country has been violating EU emission levels for harmful nitrogene oxide.
Facing EU penalties over poor air quality, Germany has said it wants to test free public transport in five cities. Bonn and Essen are among the cities to serve as testing ground for the new project.
Germany is reportedly mulling plans for fare-free public transport. But to reduce pollution, it might be better off investing in improved services and penalizing car use, expert Oded Cats explains.
The European Commission took Poland to court in 2015, saying the country had failed to rein in air pollution. The court also noted that Poland's plans to meet EU air quality standards were not effective enough.
A new proposal has been leaked to German media: The taxpayer is to shoulder the burden for retrofitting diesel cars equipped with manipulated emission chips. Will consumers end up covering the costs of the scandal?
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