Public transit prices rising faster than personal car costs

Amsterdam trams packed full on a snowy Monday morning, 11 Dec 2017
Amsterdam trams packed full on a snowy Monday morning, 11 Dec 2017Photo: Zachary Newmark / NL Times

Public transport prices in the Netherlands increased more over the past decade that the costs involved in driving your own car, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. In July of this year, public transit prices were 30 percent higher than in 2009. Personal car costs increased by 25 percent in this same period. For comparison, consumer products and -services prices increased by 18 percent in this period. 

In the Netherlands, the amount of money spent on car costs is 10 times higher than that spent on public transit. 

The prices of public transport include ticket prices for the train, tram, subway bus and taxi. The prices for traveling by train, tram and subway increased by nearly a quarter over the past decade. Traveling by bus or taxi was 40 percent more expensive in July 2019 than in 2009.

The costs of using public transit increased relatively steadily over the past decade, with a spike in the past year. According to the stats office, this has to do with the increase in the low VAT rate from 6 to 9 percent.

For personal car costs, Statistics Netherlands included the purchase, maintenance, fuels, parking, insurance and motor vehicle tax. About a third of the total car costs is spent on fuel, which means that the costs of owning a car move with the fluctuations in oil prices and exchange rates, the stats office said. The price of car fuels was nearly 26 percent higher in July 2019 than in 2009. The prices of petrol and diesel rose by over 30 cents per liter in that period. 

Purchase prices, the costs of other car supplies and motor vehicle tax increased by over 18 percent since 2009. Maintenance became nearly 25 percent more expensive. Parking fees increased by nearly 40 percent. And car insurance premiums increased by over 50 percent since 2009. Insurance tax rose from 7.5 percent to 21 percent.