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Advance of the traffic light parties – Association: 3G rule in local transport completely unrealistic

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SPD, Greens and FDP are in favor of a 3G regulation in local public transport. The operators are now expressing criticism and explaining why the plan will hardly work.

The operators of buses and trains consider a quick introduction of the 3G rule (vaccinated, recovered or tested) to be hardly possible. In local public transport, there is a transport obligation that can only be suspended under very specific criteria, said the chief executive of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), Oliver Wolff, on Monday to the Reuters news agency.

Checking millions of passengers every day is also unrealistic. “Especially in local transport with frequent passenger changes and stops at short intervals, this can only be implemented on a random basis, if at all.” The VDV represents companies in the local transport sector, including DB Regio.

According to experts from the transport industry, 3G would have to be implemented via the transport conditions of the individual transport companies. These were already adjusted in the course of the pandemic to the extent that they now refer to the corona protection regulations in the respective federal states. But that would mean that all regulations would have to be changed. It is unlikely that this can be implemented across the board this year.

The situation in long-distance transport (IC, ICE) of Deutsche Bahn or Flixtrain is a little different. This is where the – identical – transport obligation is anchored in the General Railway Act (AEG). This is a federal law and should be adapted accordingly.

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