Bucharest City Hall will pay up to RON 500 per month in fuel allowances to people in the Bucharest-Ilfov area who will share their cars with others to get to work or take multiple children to school, according to a draft approved by the General Council of Bucharest. The draft was approved in spite of opposition by 21 civic groups and NGOs, who have asked general counselors not to approve the project because it would only encourage more use of personal cars.
The program is called “Stimulating Mobility and Decongesting Traffic in Bucharest”, and it proposes the following actions:
- Fuel allowances of up to RON 500 per month to encourage voluntary partnerships by which a group of users from the Bucharest-Ilfov development region jointly use a personal property car in order to make regular trips to transport persons having the same direction of travel into Bucharest.
- Fuel allowances of up to RON 500 per month to encourage voluntary associations through which parents of primary and secondary school pupils domiciled in the Bucharest-Ilfov development region can use in the personal property car for the transport of children, to primary and secondary education institutions in Bucharest, to be selected in a pilot project.
- Establish a municipal car-sharing system, equipped with eco-friendly electric or hybrid cars, which can be used by citizens for travelling into Bucharest.
- Establish a municipal transport service equipped with school minibuses to facilitate the transport of primary and secondary school pupils on the territory of Bucharest.
- Establish a municipal bike-sharing system equipped with electric bicycles that can be used by citizens to travel to the city.
“At the end of 2017, according to the data provided by the INS, in Romania there were 5,998,194 vehicles registered in circulation, of which 1,058,317 units were in Bucharest and 132.841 units were in Ilfov County. In order to reduce traffic in Bucharest by up to 25 percent, car-sharing, car-pooling and bike-sharing services can achieve this goal through urban mobility programs. Based on a study conducted at the beginning of October 2018 on pupils transported to educational establishments in proximity to the 1/10 tram line, parents who own cars only transport an average of 1.28 children per car. Automobile grouping schemes can be integrated into public transport and encourage car owners to reduce their own vehicle use and choose carpooling, volunteering and maximum use of passenger transport capacity for the regular transport of people who have the same direction of travel in Bucharest, for the transport of children to primary and secondary education institutions in Bucharest, which will be selected in the framework of a pilot project,” reads the motivation for the draft decision.