9th symposium on local public transport in Cologne: Transport sector in the process of change – new challenges, new forms of mobility

On 16 November, the law firm Becker Büttner Held (BBH) will hold its 9th symposium on local public transport in its Cologne office. This event will focus on two topics that are of far-reaching importance for the entire sector of the local public transport: the ban on diesel cars in German cities and new forms of mobility supplementing public transport choices.

The ban on diesel cars has already been enforced in court for two cities and it is under discussion in more than 20 other German cities. The local public transport sector advocates alternative solutions: innovative car-sharing programmes and the transition to electromobility can make an important contribution to climate protection. However, all these alternatives that are based on local public transport require financial means at national and regional level as well as the amendment of existing laws.

The 9th symposium on local public transport provides a forum for discussing these current issues with the sector’s main protagonists. These include Jürgen Resch, executive director of the Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.), Thomas Kiel from the Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag), Anja Höhn from the local public transport company Kölner Verkehrsbetriebe AG, Dr. Till Ackermann from the Association of German Transport Companies (Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen) as well as Willi Loose, managing director of the car-sharing association Bundesverband CarSharing e.V. and Oliver Mietzsch, managing director of the special purpose association for the local transport area of Leipzig (Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig).

The event particularly addresses the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where another amendment of the state’s Local Public Transport Act (ÖPNV-Gesetz) is under way, which will primarily aim at the amount of the subsidies for local public transport and their flexible application. Dr. Markus Faber from the umbrella association of North Rhine-Westphalian district councils (Landkreistag Nordrhein-Westfalen) will provide us with insights about this topic.

Becker Büttner Held is a leading provider of advisory services for supply and infrastructure companies and their customers. Supply and transport companies, particularly public utilities, municipalities and local authorities as the competent transport authorities as well as industrial companies and international groups are among its core clients. BBH advises these and many other companies and organisations in all legal matters and also assists them with business and strategic advice.


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