The search is now underway for five test persons, who are willing to swap their car for three months in return for alternative means of transport, and rewards of EUR 400 per month. This is part of the “Steig um” or “Switch Over” campaign launched by Hamburg’s Ministry of the Environment and Energy i.e. MOVE project and the daily Hamburger Abendblatt. An average car costs around EUR 400 per month to run, if all costs are taken into account. Volunteers have until January 31, 2019 to submit their application to the Hamburger Abendblatt.
The five volunteers will be supported by the newspaper and regularly interviewed by the ministry to glean from their experiences. During the test period, their cars will be parked in selected parking lots and inspected by a technical (TÜV) expert beforehand. The alternatives are buses, trains, city bikes, (electric) rental cars, e-bikes, cargo bikes and possibly e-scooters pending approval. Tests start officially on February 15, 2019 and will be preceded by a workshop outlining the objectives and procedure.
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“We want to test the future without our cars as part of ‘Steig um’ and, if possible, find emulators who will travel around the city without a car. These five people will share their experiences with us in return for the monthly remuneration. We will evaluate them as we need them to help achieve a turnaround in Hamburg’s traffic situation,” said Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment.