Bundestag Votes on Cheaper Travel Petrol to Counter Inflation

Berlin (dpa) – The German parliament will vote on a package of economic relief measures later on Thursday for citizens hit by high inflation, including the introduction of a monthly ticket for public transport for just €9 ($10) nationwide.

The government will set aside €2.5 billion to compensate transport operators for the loss in revenue, according to the legislation.

If it passes in the Bundestag, the bill will go to a vote in the upper house, or Bundesrat, on Friday.

The package also includes a tax cut for petrol and diesel, which amounts to around €3.2 billion.

The €9 tickets will allow travel for a month on local and regional public transport throughout the country in June, July and August.

The move by Germany’s centre-left coalition – which includes the Greens – is also intended to encourage more people to ditch their cars and switch to using more environmentally friendly public transport.

If it passes in parliament, ticket sales are to start nationwide as early as Monday.

The conservative opposition has criticized the measure, arguing that the tickets were a “quick fix” that would relieve public transport users at the expense of the industry and risked lasting damage to the sector.

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The German parliament will vote on a package of economic relief measures later on Thursday for citizens hit by high inflation, including the introduction of a monthly ticket for public transport for just €9 ($10) nationwide.

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