As politically requested, the companies are still driving almost 100 percent of the supply. The number of passengers is currently 70 to 80 percent of the usual value. “If we assume that demand will remain at this level in the coming weeks and months or even decline slightly again, the industry will lack between 1.5 and 1.7 billion euros in fare income in the coming year,” says the VDV. A solution is needed for this.
According to the VDV Presidium, there is a broad social consensus that public transport is a key task in climate protection in traffic. A strong offer by rail and road is a prerequisite for this. “But if the losses for the industry run into the billions through no fault of their own, then in the end there is even a risk of restrictions on local transport. That must not happen and it cannot be a transport policy goal of the federal and state governments ”, concluded Wolff. (wa)