Urban car use "is being unfairly subsidised"

Hidden subsidies from local governments are promoting unsustainable private use of cars, according to a European Commission-funded study from NGO Local governments for sustainability (Iclei). Based on an analysis of local authority budgets from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, it claims that spending on, for example, road maintenance, lighting and policing, is the equivalent of subsidising private car use by between €80 and €250 per citizen per year. The report calls for expenditure to be switched to greener transport projects such as bicycle lanes. See report plus reaction from environmental group T&E.

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