Motorists paid to leave car at home

7th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government is launching a trial scheme under which a thousand motorists will be rewarded for leaving their cars at home during the morning peak hours.

7 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government is launching a trial scheme under which a thousand motorists will be rewarded for leaving their cars at home during the morning peak hours.

Selected car owners will be paid between EUR 2 and EUR 5 not to use their vehicles on the A12 motorway between Zoetermeer and The Hague from 7am and 9am. Some of the volunteers may receive a navigation system as a reward.

The Department of Waterways and Public Work said on Friday that the trial will begin in the first half of 2006 and will cost EUR 300,000.

Officials want to establish whether the offer of rewards can cut the number of people using a car during the morning rush period. A similar experiment will be carried out on the northern ring around Amsterdam.

Candidates for the A12 test will be recruited via newspaper advertisements. To be eligible, a motorist must be a regular commuter. This equates to being stuck in a traffic jam four mornings a week.

A special chip will be placed in the car to monitor whether the motorist is using it secretly to get to work.

If the trial is successful, the government will consider introducing the reward system on a nationwide basis to cut traffic jams.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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