A news prime in sight for public transport users. Indeed, the executive intends to create a transportation check for the most modest. This will be done as part of the fight against inflation, as for other aid. This transportation check will have a value of 50 euros.
A transport check of 50 euros
We have been swimming since the beginning of the year in a period of more than worrying inflation. Prices continue to rise in all sectors. Faced with the surge in energy, the cost of transport is expected to increase further next year.
Bad news for public transport users, especially the most modest. That said, the government intends to a gesture for some users. Indeed, our colleagues from Le Parisien say that the executive would like to put in place a transport voucher of 50 euros.
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Which would not be a refusal for the French who are struggling in the fight against inflation. The government would like to offer this bonus as part of the 2023 finance bill. We will know more about this next week.
A transport check for the most modest
In this fight against inflation, it is French the most modest who are the most exposed. In addition to bills, rent and food, there is also the cost of public transport.
Furthermore, the latter will go up again next year. This new government bonus will therefore be welcome. However, this aid to offset inflation will not be for all public transport subscribers.
Indeed, this transport check of 50 euros will only be for the most modest. However, the middle classes, finally a part, could also benefit from it. For the time being, we do not yet know anything about the precise number of beneficiaries.
According to a source familiar with the matter “everything will depend on whether we stop at the lower or upper middle class”. The source indicates to the Parisian that the arbitrations are not yet fully rendered.
The state will finance the check
This transport premium will also not include TGV users. The only ones eligible for this transport voucher will be subscribers to daily transport (TER, Transilien, etc.).
It is important to specify that it is the State which directly fund the check. It is also the state that will distribute it. This will exempt the regions from more charges. Indeed, the regions already subsidize TER tickets up to 75%.
They are the ones who have the management of said tickets. Jean-Pierre Farandou, the boss of the SNCF, confirmed last week the probable increase in the price of train tickets in 2023.
This, while the SNCF Voyageurs electricity bill is expected to rise from 1.6 to 1.7 billion euros. Part of this sum (half) will concern the TER and Transilien. The other half will concern the TGVs.
A timid measure compared to that of our neighbors
This measure, user associations have been asking for it for many months. Moreover, other European countries have already taken similar measures. That said, this bonus that the government wants to offer is timid compared to what our neighbors have deployed.
Indeed, in Spain, they set up, at the end of August, a device that provides for free. Subscribers to regional and suburban public lines will be able to benefit from it for a period of four months.
This measure concerns local networks in the peri-urban areas of large cities. In particular those of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia or Seville. Additionally, if necessary, this measure could be extended beyond December 31.
The Spanish government considers that this measure saves up to 370 euros per person in Madrid. 330 euros in Barcelona while in the country, inflation exceeds 10%.
A trip of 9 euros per month in Germany
In Germany, the Germans were able to travel for 9 euros per month During three months. And this in an unlimited way on local and regional networks. They implemented the measure between June and the end of August and the success was unprecedented.
They sold several million tickets during this period. Today, the government is reflecting on a new device to take over from this measure. Note that it cost more than 2.5 billion euros.
However, thanks to this measure, they were able to save 1.8 million tonnes COD emissions. 10% of users have given up at least one trip per week usually made by car.
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Will the 50 euro bonus from the French government be enough to satisfy public transport users?