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Car sharing company exempt from paying charges

The Viennese government coalition has decided to support car sharing initiatives.

The Green Party of Vice Mayor Maria Vassilakou announced yesterday (Weds) that a vehicle sharing project established by car company Denzel would be allowed to use public parking spaces in Josefstadt district for free. Greens traffic issues spokesman Rüdiger Maresch said the SPÖ-Greens coalition and Denzel agreed to keep up the cooperation for three years before charges apply.

Reports have it that the company will have to transfer around as much as cafes and bars hand over for being allowed to place tables and chairs at parking spaces in the summertime. Denzel officials plan to meet with the heads of other districts in an attempt to expand their presence in the capital.

The decision to assist a car sharing business in making people aware of their offers matches the city coalition’s general traffic policy. SPÖ and Greens said after agreeing on a cooperation in the city hall congress in 2010 they wanted to increase the share of public transport in the city from 35 per cent in 2009 to 40 per cent until 2015.

SPÖ Mayor Michael Häupl’s faction and its coalition partner also set up several Bike City housing projects. Residents of a planned Bike City in Liesing district will get annual public transport tickets for free as well as the opportunity to join car sharing initiatives under special conditions. People living in another Bike City building complex had to declare not to buy cars before moving in.

SPÖ and Greens also agreed on setting up more cycling paths and increase public transport investments to lower individual car traffic in Vienna in the long run. The opposition turned their guns on the city government last year when it emerged that the various parking tickets will become more expensive. Leaving a vehicle in Vienna’s nine central districts for one hour costs two instead of 1.20 Euros from today. The price for two hours of parking climbed by 1.60 Euros to four Euros.

The Austrian Traffic Club (VCÖ) recently said that half of all the distances Austrians covered by car were no longer than five kilometres (km). The organisation’s surveys also show that there are 394 vehicles per 1,000 residents in Vienna. Sixty per cent of Viennese households own a car, VCÖ said. Their share could dwindle in the coming years due to the enduring petrol price increases. Austrian homes with two cars had to pay around 170 Euros more for the same amount of fuel in 2011 than in 2010 because of the price developments but also rising mineral oil taxes, according to an investigation by motorists’ association Arbö.

The Viennese government hopes that more people would use public transport services in the coming years thanks to the upcoming ticket price reform. Annual passes will cost 365 instead of 449 Euros from May. Monthly tickets, which currently cost 49.50 Euros, will get cheaper as well (45 Euros). At the same time, various tickets such as single tickets and weekly passes will become dearer.

The managers of public transport company Wiener Linien point out that the current price for an annual public transport ticket is significantly lower than what people in German capital Berlin, Paris in France and London, Great Britain, must fork out. They also make aware of Wiener Linien’s achievement in an international service check. Vienna’s public transport network came third in EuroTest 2010, a public transport quality investigation examining services in 23 European cities. Experts considered aspects such as travel times and ticket prices. Munich, Germany, reached first place. Finnish capital Helsinki reached second place.

Vienna Times





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