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Long-term low price for local transport: consumer advice centers are demanding a 29


After the three months of testing with the 9-euro ticket, there should be a follow-up offer, consumer advocates are demanding. This should only cost one euro per day.

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The 9-euro ticket for local transport throughout Germany has been valid for three weeks.

But the government has not yet commented on how things should continue after the three months of testing.

The head of the Federal Association of Consumer Centers (vzbv), Jutta Gurkmann, believes that the burden on citizens should be further relieved after August because energy prices are still high.

She is therefore calling for a connection offer for the 9-euro tickets in nationwide local transport.

Gurkmann proposes an easy-to-book monthly ticket for all buses and trains in local transport for a monthly price of 29 euros, i.e. around one euro per day.

"That would relieve everyone in the price crisis, but especially households with little money, and also give the necessary traffic turnaround more impetus."

The 9-euro tickets are currently valid for one month for any number of trips on local and regional buses and trains throughout Germany.

They are much cheaper than normal monthly tickets, which are only valid in the network area.

Federal Minister of Transport Volker Wissing (FDP) and Bahn boss Richard Lutz want to comment on the future of rail and better organization of construction sites for fewer train delays on Wednesday.

Due to high gas prices: further relief package needed?

The consumer advice centers are also demanding another relief package.

In view of the further increase in energy prices, a rethinking of the gas supply is necessary.

The coalition must link financial aid such as the heating subsidy for housing benefit recipients to the actual price development.

"It needs a dynamic model with a connection to price reality," Gurkmann told the German press agency.

"If, for example, the additional costs for gas prices were to double again, the federal government would also have to raise the heating cost subsidy and other transfer payments accordingly." Many are already financially with their backs to the wall - especially people with low incomes, pensioners and increasingly even middle-income people.


Source: spiegel

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