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Surrender your driver's license, receive a free Deutschlandticket – exchange offer does not only apply to pensioners

2023-11-21T18:16:54.707Z

Highlights: Surrender your driver's license, receive a free Deutschlandticket – exchange offer does not only apply to pensioners. Surrender your driving license, get a free deutschland ticket – exchange Offer does not just apply to seniors – it also applies to other interested parties. People who switch from road to rail or other public transport and want to surrender their driving licence can still use the ticket to remain mobile – even throughout Germany. The offer has been extended and is valid until November 2024. In Leverkusen, Hanover and Bonn, senior citizens who still want to do without a car in the future can exchange their driver’s license.



Status: 21.11.2023, 19:06 PM

By: Carolin Gehrmann

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Pensioners and senior citizens are to be encouraged to renounce their driving licence by exchanging them for a free Deutschlandticket. And not only them.

Munich – In some municipalities, those who voluntarily renounce their driver's license will receive a free Deutschlandticket in return. This exchange campaign for the Deutschlandticket is intended to provide an incentive for people to do without their cars – and thus less traffic on the roads. Senior citizens in particular are to be addressed by the campaign. But that's not all. Some municipalities also offer the exchange without age restrictions for interested parties in order to advance the transport turnaround as a whole.

Germany ticket instead of driver's license – offer valid in many places for pensioners and other interested parties

People who switch from road to rail or other public transport and want to surrender their driving licence can still use the ticket to remain mobile – even throughout Germany. This can make it easier to say goodbye to the car, says Oliver Bahr from the city of Lübeck, where the offer has been available since April, the Spiegel.

Older people in particular like to take advantage of the service. This is because many people feel unsafe to drive as they get older. Vision and hearing often deteriorate and reaction speed also decreases. Certain medications can also affect the ability to drive. According to statistics, older drivers are often the main culprits in the event of an accident.

In many places, senior citizens who surrender their driver's license receive a free ticket for public transport in exchange. © Wolfgang Maria Weber/IMAGO

Giving up a driver's license is often difficult for older people – Deutschlandticket is an incentive to switch

Mandatory health checks from the age of 70 are always being discussed for drivers in Germany, but apparently there will not be any in the near future. The idea had caused a lot of criticism, with seniors saying they felt excluded from it. Since physical mobility often becomes more difficult in old age, the car is often the only alternative for seniors to be able to cope with everyday life.

In Leverkusen, Hanover and Bonn, senior citizens who still want to do without a car in the future can exchange their driver's license for a Deutschlandticket or a ticket for regional public transport. However, the tickets are only valid for a limited period of time. Abandoning the driver's license, on the other hand, is a permanent decision. It is not simply valid again after the ticket expires. If you want to drive a car again afterwards, you have to completely redo your driver's license.

The exchange of a driver's license for a Deutschlandticket does not only apply to seniors

The following municipal offers for exchanging your driver's license for a Deutschlandticket are available, both for senior citizens and pensioners as well as for all other interested parties:

  • Bonn: In the former German capital, people over the age of 60 can travel with the Deutschlandticket for half a year after surrendering their driver's license. The costs will be covered by the city of Bonn.
  • Dortmund: If you voluntarily surrender your driver's license, you will receive a free Deutschlandticket for two months from the city of Dortmund as a thank you. The offer is not age-restricted.
  • Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis: People of all ages who want to switch permanently from cars to buses and trains can apply for a free Deutschlandticket for one year in the North Rhine-Westphalian district.
  • Hanover: In the "Ticket instead of driver's license" campaign, pensioners receive a senior citizens' network card from the regional transport operator GVH for one year when they hand in their driver's license. The offer has been extended and is valid until November 2024.
  • Lübeck: In Lübeck, too, you can use the Deutschland-Ticket free of charge for one year if you do without your own driving licence in the future. The offer is also open to everyone who has their main residence in the Hanseatic city, regardless of age.
  • Leverkusen: Seniors over the age of 75 receive a voucher from the city of Leverkusen when they hand in their driver's license, which can be converted into a free annual subscription for a Deutschlandticket at the local transport company.
  • Source: Deutschland mobil 2030

Instead of handing in their driver's license, pensioners can test the Deutschlandticket at a reduced price

In many municipalities, it is also possible to get discounted Deutschlandtickets if you are already of retirement age - without having to give up your driver's license permanently. In this way, interested seniors can first test without obligation whether the switch is worthwhile for them, without having to make such a big and lasting decision right away. Information on this can be found on the websites of the regional transport companies.

With the introduction of the Deutschlandticket, there had also been a lot of trouble in some cases – especially among senior citizens, because they often did not find it so easy to book the ticket digitally and the chip cards had sometimes been a very long time coming.

Source: merkur

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