Lower tax bill for motorists who share their journey proposed in Finland

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities June 23, 2015 11:25

Lower tax bill for motorists who share their journey proposed in Finland

The Finnish Transport Safety Agency is proposing lower tax bills for motorists if they offer up empty seats to travellers going in the same direction.

In a new report which examines how innovative transport policies could help Finland to meet social and economic objectives, the authors point out that single-person cars are an inefficient method of moving people and goods.

The agency notes that with some legislative changes, coupled with the offer of up to €2,000 less in tax per year, car drivers could be convinced to offer seats in their cars to commuters travelling on the same route.

If the practice became wide-spread, it would help to lower the number of vehicles on the roads, reducing traffic congestion and environmental impact.

‘We hope that the government will start to promote a culture of experimentation,’ said Harri Paloheimo, one of the report’s co-authors.

For more information, the report can be read and download here trafi.fi (in Finnish).

Story: Eltis.org

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities June 23, 2015 11:25