A LOT of extra money is needed (3 billion per year)
They have estimated that an extra 3 billion euros is needed every year until 2040 to make the necessary changes, reports NOS. However, the social benefits would bring in 18 billion euros per year, so it all makes complete financial sense.
However, all these changes mean that it’s going to put motorists out of pocket. We can expect that it’s going to cost even more to buy and run a car (they want to put us off after all). Part of the proposal involves charging motorists from 2024 “according to use and pollution”, states NOS. This includes rekeningrijden, but they’ve also said it will involve all motorists and not just people driving at rush hour. It works by scanning your number plate and tracking how far you have travelled – it’s controversial, but it’s right there in the proposal.
New ‘hubs’ in the proposal
Part of the proposal are ‘hubs’. These so-called ‘hubs’ will be found on the outskirts of large cities and should make things much easier when it comes to transferring to a different mode of transport. This will especially involve cars (think of Park and Ride but more ‘swish’), however, it also involves the ability to easily switch in other ways (metro to bus for instance). According to NOS, these ‘hubs’ will be modern and functional – such as terraces, shops and hotels and should be found all over the country and not just the Randstad.
The proposal is 70 pages long, according to NOS, so there’s lots more in there. BIG changes are ahead for the Netherlands.
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