The federal states want to co-finance the 9 euro tracking ticket

The Länder demand that the Federal Minister of Transport, Volker Wissing (FDP), quickly presents a concept for a follow-up regulation of the 9-Euro-Ticket. “If Minister Wissing wants a successor ticket to be operational as early as September, he should deliver it now without delay,” said the chair of the conference of transport ministers, Bremen mobility senator Maike Schaefer (Greens), to editorial journals. Germany network on Saturday.

The federal states are basically prepared to “make a substantial contribution”, Schaefer said of funding a possible new local transport ticket. “prerequisite for such a decision would however be facts, which Federal Minister Wissing has so far not provided.” There are a lot of unanswered questions, he said: “How much would a successor ticket cost? Would it apply nationally? Specifically, what should the state share be?”

The 9 euro ticket is valid throughout Germany on regional and local transport for one month at a time. It was introduced for the months of June, July and August and is part of the government’s aid plan to compensate citizens for rising energy and fuel prices.

While Wissing hailed the ticket as a success, he said more recently that states should see “how they want to fund it.” Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) formally opposes any new federal financing of the nine-euro note or an additional offer.

In the traffic light coalition, the Greens in particular are pushing for a follow-on settlement. The main environmental politicians offer a regional ticket at 29 euros and a national ticket at 49 euros per month. Both should continue to apply only to local and regional transport. This emerges from a concept paper by party leader Ricarda Lang, parliamentary group leader Katharina Dröge and North Rhine-Westphalia Transport Minister Oliver Krischer. To fund this, the Greens want to reduce the company car lien, which allows companies to deduct the cost of company cars from their taxes. Above all, CO2 emissions should be better taken into account.

Finance Minister Lindner opposes the abolition of flat-rate taxation of company cars in order to finance the successor ticket. “It is already a left-wing polemic to qualify the flat-rate taxation of a company car as a privilege, because it is above all a tax simplification,” the FDP politician told the German press agency. According to him, the idea of ​​the Greens would oblige several million citizens to keep a logbook without generating additional income for the State.

Studies have shown that a flat tax does not result in a tax advantage, Lindner said. A tax subsidy for company vehicles exists on the other hand for electric cars, for example, he specified. “To me, however, it makes sense, because it means new climate-friendly vehicles are added to the fleet as company cars, which soon after are good cheap used cars,” said Lindner said.

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