Leaders in Germany are trying something new to cut air pollution generated by cars: They’re going to test free public transportation in five cities in the country. The idea is that if they let people ride trains and busses for free, fewer people will drive cars, which is better for the environment.
“Effectively fighting air pollution without any further unnecessary delays is of the highest priority for Germany,” German legislators wrote in a letter to the Environmental Commissioner of the EU. So cities like Bonn, Essen, and Mannheim will have free rides by the end of the year.
Germany is also planning to tighten emission restrictions for cabs and busses, add more tax breaks for low-emission vehicles, and encourage carpooling. All of these efforts are to help the country reach the environmental goals set by the Paris Agreement.
Source: Good News Network