83 percent of Czechs active on the Internet noticed the information about the upcoming draft legislation of the European Union, according to which all new cars and vans should have zero carbon dioxide emissions from 2035. It is even 90 percent of men, 77 percent of women.
People over the age of 45 (88 percent) are more familiar with the draft legislation, but the majority of younger respondents (roughly 78 percent) have also encountered it. The measure is part of the European Commission’s package of legislative proposals, the so-called “Fit for 55”, which are intended to lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The overwhelming majority of those interviewed who know about the proposal do not agree with its adoption. Only 17 percent of respondents are in favor. According to the survey, the largest percentage of supporters of the adoption of this legislation is among respondents from the youngest age group of 18 to 34 years. As age increases, the percentage of those who agree to the adoption decreases.
A greater share of opponents is among people living in villages, where 84 percent of them are against it. It is the inhabitants of smaller municipalities who often belong to those who cannot do without a car and are even worse off from the point of view of infrastructure, the researchers reminded.
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The most frequently cited reason for disapproval of EU legislation that would effectively ban the sale of petrol or diesel cars is the fear that it will make cars unaffordable for many people (68 percent). A full 53 percent of opponents also think that the conditions for such a change will not be sufficiently prepared by 2035, for example there will not be enough charging stations.
The agencies point out that cars with alternative types of drive are not widespread in the Czech Republic. Five percent of owners have a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) car. Two percent of people own cars with a hybrid drive, and electric cars currently represent only less than one percent of cars in the Czech Republic. On the contrary, 70 percent of drivers drive in gasoline cars.
For more than a third of people, the new legislation will affect when they buy a new car in the next five years. Among people aged 18 to 34, even half of those who want to buy a car will decide according to the upcoming changes.
The survey was carried out using the method of online data collection, 500 people took part in it.
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