Flemish socialist party wants to make car possession unnecessary
The Flemish socialist party sp.a wants to make car possession unnecessary in 2030 and asks the government to stop investing in additional road infrastructure.
On the 17th of March the Flemish socialist party sp.a will hold its future congress and the proposals concerning ecology are drawing a lot of attention. All these ‘green’ problems need radical solutions, the socialists say.
Flemish member of parliament Joris Vandenbroucke: “We have to change our approach. We now ask individuals to change their attitude and this ha no effect. We have to work on it together, society has to make sustainable choices easy, affordable and simply obvious.”
The socialists see four big challenges: air pollution by transport, the risks of industrial food, plastic in our oceans and climate change.
No car buying any more after 2030
One of the most striking proposals is to make the possession of a car unnecessary from 2030 onwards. “We are not against the car”, Vandenbroucke says, “but we have to stop making it the centre of our lives.”
The alternative is a ‘spotify system’ for mobility. “People have to be able to choose between public transport and different sorts of mobility sharing”, Vandenbroucke adds. “We propose to have so-called ‘mobi-points’ in every neighbourhood, where you can find shared cars, shared bikes and good public transport.”
The consequences are that authorities have to stop investing in expanding car infrastructure, just maintaining it properly will do.
“Eight out of ten families have a car that is standing still for 90% of the time and is costing an average of 400 euro a month before it has driven one kilometre. In our cities they occupy space that can better be used for parks and leisure activities”, Vandenbroucke concludes.
Apart from this the socialists are pleading for a more durable agriculture, where schools and homes for elderly people are urged to use locally grown food. The industry of throw-away products also has to be stopped, manufacturers have to guarantee a certain life span and a free repair and recycling.
The use of micro-plastics and other plastics that are used only once has to be forbidden. Considering climate change, the government has to impose on the big banks not to invest anymore in fossil sources: “We want pension funds and big banks to disinvest in fossil energy sources and reinvest these funds in renewable energy and a better energy efficiency.”