NS fears empty trains

24th May 2012, Comments 7 comments

Netherlands Railways NS fears that a government plan to scrap the tax-free travel expenses compensation scheme will lead to empty trains and congested roads.

The measure is part of a raft of budget cuts agreed earlier this spring.

In the Netherlands workers are eligible for tax-free travel expenses compensation from their employer if they live further than six miles away from their place of work.

According to NS, the measure will cost the average holder of a rail pass more than 100 euros a month. NS also said that a shift away from public transport towards the use of private cars would adversely affect the environment.


© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

3 Comments To This Article

  • Kevin L posted:

    on 13th October 2012, 00:29:13 - Reply

    Hallo?? The roads are already "congested" and the construction of wider highways is nothing more than a temporary fix. Has Holland's officials learned nothing from the losing battle of making more and more...wider and wider roads in other countries such as America?

    Holland needs more real people in politics -- and not clueless Professional Politicians. I know, I'm an expat from America.
  • SB posted:

    on 18th July 2012, 20:24:04 - Reply

    If NS does not want to see people leaving the trains and taking the roads, they should decrease their high prices: the highest in Europe !
  • HTD posted:

    on 24th May 2012, 11:19:20 - Reply

    Is this what the Green Party accepted in joining in with the VVD, CDA rightwing parties?
    Well, by September I wonder how many environmentally concerned voters are actually going to vote for them and not the PvdA, SP, or 55 Parties?
    This move by the Groen Party is a blatant demonstration as to how out of touch political parties can be with voters.
    The public deserves more in-touch politicians!