The government’s slogan: Hungarians by car!
– A 60% increase in car fleet in Hungary has been registered between 2010 and 2022.
– The passenger car fleet in Hungary aged by 27 per cent, from 11.3 years to 15.4 years between 2010 and 2022.
– The rate of CO2 emissions of cars increased from 63 per cent to 73 per cent in passenger transport between 2000 and 2019: the upcoming NECP needs to address the car traffic reduction.
The most successful tools against the steadily increasing CO2 emissions of personal transport would be: to decrease the number of journeys and shift the remaining travel from cars to public and active transport.
The Hungarian government’s policy goes in exactly the opposite direction. It does nothing to reduce car use or to combat the ageing of the car fleet. It does not do it, despite the fact that many energy efficiency measures exist that could reduce the energy demand of passenger transport.
For example, making road tolls universal for all vehicles on all roads including municipal roads, controlling vehicle emissions in traffic, imposing parking charges on all state-owned or municipality-owned roads, and so on. Unfortunately, the NECP does not take into account these means of increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions of transport.