Incomprehension about the campaign #no drop petrol: ‘Beyond any reality’

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.”

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.”

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’.

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.

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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