Minister calls for Reduced Taxation on trains

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Germany’s transport ministry is currently calling for a cut in taxation on rail travel to encourage more people to travel by railroad and advance climate protection.

Andreas Scheuer told Wednesday’s edition of mass-circulation per day Bild that value-added tax on long-haul train tickets should be cut to the reduced rate of 7% that’s levied on several essential everyday products out of 19 percent. He said that would save railroad travelers around 400 million euros ($452 million) per year.

Railway journeys of up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) are already taxed at 7%.

The German government set up a”climate Cabinet” to coordinate efforts to combat climate change. Scheuer has been accused of being reluctant to take on the automobile business that was highly effective and handle car emissions.