If it is up to the PVDA, public transport rates must be reduced and children can use public transport for free on Wednesdays and weekends. Fast connections between the major cities in the Netherlands, fast cycle routes, parking facilities and cycle streets encourage the use of public transport and bicycles. We are reducing travel times between the region and Randstad with fast train connections that connect the Northern, Eastern and Southern Netherlands with the Randstad. In ten years' time, all major regional cities in our country will be connected to the Randstad with at least 4 trains per hour. As far as the PVDA is concerned, trains also run between the major cities at night. The Randstad will have a 24-hour public transport network comparable to a metro network. 

A train runs every ten minutes between the major cities. There will be more international train connections, such as the Berlin train via Apeldoorn and Arnhem. There will be better cross-border connections between Venlo and Düsseldorf, Heerlen and Aachen, Groningen and Bremen and Hengelo and Münster. Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht will have fast connections to Brussels, Paris, London and Berlin. Public transport is therefore a realistic and affordable alternative to flying.

In a sustainable Netherlands, public transport is fast, sustainable and affordable. They are reducing the travel time between Randstad and the region by investing in fast, sustainable and affordable public transport. Lightning-fast train connections, such as the Lelylijn, connect the Randstad with the north. The east and south will also have fast connections with the Randstad. They also extend these train connections to our neighboring countries. In this way, they make the train a good alternative to the car and the plane.

Public transport is affordable and accessible to everyone. And they invest extra in the accessibility of public transport for people with a disability. There will be more international train connections, such as the Berlin train via Apeldoorn and Arnhem. There will be better cross-border connections between Venlo and Düsseldorf, Heerlen and Aachen, Groningen and Bremen and Hengelo and Münster. Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht will have fast connections to Brussels, Paris, London and Berlin. 

Public transport is therefore a realistic and affordable alternative to flying. As soon as there are fast train connections, they will cancel more flights within Europe. In the light of the reduction in aviation, the nuisance from aviation to residents and employment, the position of Schiphol and the regional airports will have to be reconsidered. The PVDA wants to abolish the exemption of airline tickets for VAT. For example, according to the party, we fly at a fairer price.

Parliamentary elections
Parliamentary elections

The PVDA wants to stimulate green hydrogen. This is a clean replacement for natural gas when the existing gas infrastructure is adapted. That is why we are making more government investments and tax facilities available for sustainably generated hydrogen. The Netherlands has everything it takes to become a leader in this. The polluter pays. This principle also applies to mobility. Not the possession but the use (the number of kilometers driven) is the most important factor for road tax. On routes with many other travel options, the tax is higher than where there are no such alternatives. In imitation of Germany, the PVDA wants to tax freight traffic more heavily with a so-called Maut levy.

The party tightens up the European standard for cars. In 2025, only zero-emission new passenger cars, motorcycles, mopeds and scooters will be sold. Making mobility more sustainable is crucial in the energy transition and standardization is the best way to achieve this. They replace all means of transport that cause noise nuisance for quieter and more sustainable alternatives as soon as possible. Cars are stationary ninety percent of the time. PVDA wants to encourage car sharing. This reduces costs and prevents people from getting there where they want, because they don't have the money for it. Electric driving is accessible and affordable for everyone. This can be achieved through a combination of investments and broadening of tax regulations. In this way, electric driving becomes accessible to everyone and not only to higher incomes.

The PvdA is an association with 42.000 members who together determine what needs to be done. Those members are active in more than 400 local chapters and 1962 regions. Members determine the course of the party. Lilianne Ploumen, born in Maastricht in XNUMX, now a resident of Amsterdam New West. On the candidate list  a striking number of women, such as the current chairman of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib and Attje Kuiken (1977) who has been a Member of Parliament for the PvdA since 2006.

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Lilianne Ploumen
Lilianne Ploumen - PVDA party leader
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