On the day that the price of petrol has risen again to record highs, a commotion has arisen over a government campaign. He wants to challenge the Dutch to leave the car in the month of June. In the spirit of Dry January, where drinkers don’t drink a drop of alcohol for a month, the challenge now is not to drive a car until July 1. But that call goes down the wrong way for many people.
Yesterday, the official Twitter account of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management tweeted about the challenge. “Are you able to leave the car for four weeks and take the bicycle or public transport more often?” was the question. “Good for the environment and your wallet.”
The #no drip petrol challenge has started! Are you able to leave the car for four weeks (until 1 July) and use the bicycle or public transport more often? Good for the environment and your wallet ➡️ https://t.co/PeWRAc2xOZ @environmental pic.twitter.com/cA7me2oeyK
— Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (@MinIenW) June 7, 2022
Outrage about the campaign #no drop petrol
Twitter users react indignantly to the challenge. A lot of people just don’t understand it. “What do you want to achieve? There is nothing in return, such as cheaper public transport, good public transport connections or the option of working from home. So for many people the alternative is more costly and time consuming. Run a campaign if you have alternatives.”
Must be an expensive campaign that #no drip petrol What do you want to achieve? There is nothing in return, such as cheaper public transport, good public transport connections or the option of working from home. So for many people the alternative is more costly and time consuming. Run a campaign if you have alternatives
— Jezzebell (@Jezzebells1) June 8, 2022
The call to use public transport also receives little approval. Because public transport is not that much better for the wallet, say the critics. If there are any possibilities to travel by public transport at all. Some believe that the government should first solve its own ‘challenges’.
Where I live, public transport is not an option, and as a caregiver, the car is essential.
Nice to hear such a challenge, I would rather see you challenge yourself to make life more livable for citizens, this challenge does not contribute to that.
— Karen (@wandertje) June 7, 2022
Is public transport good for your wallet? You obviously haven’t been on public transport at your own expense for a long time
— Robert Everts (@robert_everts) June 7, 2022
— Michelle (@Fashiorexia) June 8, 2022
— stranger in my own country🇳🇱🇺🇦🇧🇾 (@vreemland) June 8, 2022
Few people think this is a good action when I see the number of likes.@MinIenW Do you really think that people will use expensive public transport en masse?
— Dirk-Jan de Jeu (@djdejeu) June 8, 2022
Others say that due to the staff shortage, several routes have been shortened and are no longer driven or are driven less frequently. “NS, are you ready for the great government campaign”, someone writes cynically with a video in which people are crammed into a train.
Love this… #no drip petrol
But at the same time, the @NS_online cancel trains due to staff shortages. And bus lines are being removed because of ‘too few travelers’… (nav – guiding – research in the middle of the corona period…)
— Croon witness (@Croonwitness) June 8, 2022
— Undertaker20224 (@Undertaker20224) June 8, 2022
@NS_online are you ready for our great government campaign?
— kishan54746 (@kishan54746) June 8, 2022
Petrol price at record high
Today the suggested retail price for a liter of petrol is 2,504 euros. This makes the fuel 0.2 cents more expensive than the previous record that was reached on March 10. At that time, a liter of petrol cost 2.502 euros and a liter of diesel 2.375 euros. On the first day of April, the price then fell again by more than 20 cents. From 1 April, the cabinet has reduced excise duties on petrol and diesel for the rest of this year.
But the oil and gas market has remained very volatile lately, partly due to uncertainty about supplies from Russia and shortages of refining capacity. As a result, the price has risen gradually lately. Pump owners can deviate from the recommended prices of the major oil companies. In practice, motorists only pay the suggested retail prices along the highway.
Petrol price more expensive every day: ‘Done with it’ and ‘Go to Germany’
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