Flat-rate €9 travel ticket would encourage people to use public transport, says TDGary Ibbotson 14 Mar 2023
The Government should consider the introduction of public transport “Climate Ticket” to encourage more people to leave the car at home, says Labour TD Duncan Smith.
Deputy Smith, who is the party’s transport spokesperson, said a flat monthly rate of €9 for transport ticket will help people make the move to public transport
“Modelled on a similar scheme which was introduced in Germany, the ticket would entitle people across the country to unlimited travel, across all modes of transport, for just €9 per month,” he said.
“Despite what some think, this would not lead to an increase in “unnecessary trips” but instead encourage people to leave the car at home and opt for a bus, train or tram.
“If we are serious about achieving our net zero targets, we need carrots, not just sticks. We need to see leadership from the Dáil.
“We estimate that the carbon emissions savings of such a policy would be equivalent to removing 23,000 cars off our roads. It’s time this Government was brave enough to take radical steps towards a cleaner future.
“When we look abroad, we see other Governments have the courage to be brave when it comes to climate.
“The Labour Government in Wales has taken the radical decision to halt future road building projects due to climate concerns, the French Government is moving to ban short-haul flights where a decent rail alternative is available.
“State Governments in Australia are turning down mining licences to avoid further damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
“Let’s have Ireland stand shoulder to shoulder with other countries and peoples determined to combat the effects of climate change.
“We cannot afford to miss any more of our vital climate targets. Let’s be ambitious for ourselves and for our planet.
“A climate transport ticket would meaningfully take the pressure off of hard pressed households across the country while also representing a radical change in how we approach climate change.
“This must be a top priority for Minister Ryan when he returns from China.”