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RWI Positionen #74

Weniger Staus, Staub und Gestank per sozial ausgewogener Städte-Maut

Gemeinsames Plädoyer initiiert von RWI — Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung und der Stiftung Mercator

Since the diesel scandal became public, driving bans have been imposed in several German cities. In other cities, they are being discussed. Yet, a city toll, i.e. a charge for using a car in the city, would be the socially fairer and economically much more sensible alternative. Thus a traffic collapse due to constantly increasing car traffic could be avoided. More environmentally friendly and traffic-relieving alternatives to cars would become more attractive and municipalities could benefit from additional revenues. Nevertheless, nobody who needs to rely on car transport would be banned from driving in the cities.