VVD Amsterdam wants bonus for clean air

8th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – The trading in of old diesel-powered cars should be rewarded with a bonus of EUR 1,500. That was one of the plans that the VVD faction of the Amsterdam municipal council presented on Sunday to improve the air quality in the city. The VVD plan is an alternative to the plans presented by alderman Tjeerd Herrema, who wants to substantially raise the parking fees in city centre of Amsterdam.

8 October 2007

AMSTERDAM – The trading in of old diesel-powered cars should be rewarded with a bonus of EUR 1,500. That was one of the plans that the VVD faction of the Amsterdam municipal council presented on Sunday to improve the air quality in the city. The VVD plan is an alternative to the plans presented by alderman Tjeerd Herrema, who wants to substantially raise the parking fees in city centre of Amsterdam.

In addition to the bonus, the VVD wants the business sector in Amsterdam to encourage their employees to use public transport. The liberals are also in favour of a system that would allow polluting lorries to pass through traffic lights more quickly.

"The proposed increase in parking fees is disproportionate," VVD deputy faction chairperson Robert Flos said. "Among Amsterdam residents these plans are very controversial. The economic and social effects are negative and contrary to all the pledges made by the municipal executive, it will lead to substantially higher costs and it is not certain yet whether the air quality will improve with this measure."

It is essential that the plans are widely supported, according to Flos.  "Tough anti-car measures are counterproductive and undermine the support for better air quality."

The VVD faction has not yet calculated the costs of its plans. The final report is expected to be presented at the end of October.

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Subject: Dutch news

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