Dorfmobil Klaus Project
(Source: DORFMOBIL KLAUS PROJECT)
They call it "our Klaus". Not because it’s a popular name, but because it’s the village transport set up by the Municipality of Klaus in Upper Austria. It could also have been named Steyrling or Kniewas, after the names of the widely scattered localities around Klaus. The six-seater minibus has been operating like a village taxi since 2003, except that the car pool is run by a group of volunteers. People had realised that at some point every inhabitant has to go to the doctor's, the church, the town council, the kindergarten or even the supermarket. All they have to do is call up, arrange a time and the minibus picks them up, either at home or at the nearest bus stop.
As flexible as a taxi, but affordable for everyone
The journey costs €1.50, a highly subsidised price. Each passenger should actually be paying around five euros to the Dorfmobil
association, but donations and contributions are made, and the federal province of Upper Austria also subsidises the municipal project. The project got off the ground thanks to the Institute for Transportation at "Universität für Bodenkultur Wien", with funding from the EU. Unfortunately Klaus has remained something of an oddity in the complicated world of statutory rules and regulations. While it is a public utility, it cannot be insured in the same way as a private taxi or transport company. Liability issues in the event of an accident have yet to be clarified. All this red tape can cause a project such as this to fail. So far the Federal Province has not been able to bring itself to support the Dorfmobil
project further. The residents, for their part, hope that good old Klaus will continue to run and run.