Regardless of resistance, especially in the Union, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is sticking to the possible introduction of a 3G rule in long-distance trains.
Berlin – The Chancellor continues to be of the opinion “that 3G in long-distance trains and domestic flights can be a possible and sensible measure,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday in Berlin. He admitted, however, that there are “obvious counter-arguments”.
Above all, the Union-led ministries for transport and health are skeptical of the project. “Our concerns about the practical and legal feasibility are known,” said a spokesman for Andreas Scheuer’s transport department (CSU).
A spokesman for Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) referred to his statements from the weekend that only a few corona infections could be assigned to the use of public transport. Spahn had said to 3G in trains on Sunday in “Bild TV”: “I don’t see it coming.” 3G means that access is restricted to those who have been vaccinated, recovered and those who have been tested for the coronavirus.
The “Bild” newspaper also reported on Monday that the Ministry of Transport, headed by Scheuer, came to the conclusion in the examination decided by the government that 3G was “not feasible” in trains. The interior department of Horst Seehofer (CSU) also expressed itself negatively, it said.
The transport policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group, Alois Rainer (CSU), told the Straubinger Tagblatt and the Landshuter Zeitung with regard to train traffic: “The control of an additional 3G rule would not be practical.” Union chancellor candidate Armin Laschet had also expressed skepticism on Sunday evening in the TV triell with SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz and Green chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock on RTL and n-tv with a view to the feasibility.
Concerns also arose from the unions of affected workers. Klaus-Dieter Hommel, the chairman of the railway and transport union (EVG), warned in “Bild” of an “unreasonable burden for the train crew” by 3G controls. The chairman of the German police union, Rainer Wendt, called such controls in Berlin “beyond the realities of life”.
Seibert, however, expressed doubts about such objections. He pointed out that in France 3G had been practiced on trains since the beginning of August, in Italy this was planned from September. As “impossible or uncontrollable it is at least not there,” emphasized the government spokesman. The examination by the federal government will therefore be continued.
Vice Chancellor Scholz had also made positive comments about the project in the Triell with Laschet and Baerbock. “If we can find a way to do that, it will be an improvement, because we will increase the safety of passengers and travelers,” said the SPD politician. Checks could therefore be carried out during the ticket inspection, which is taking place anyway. Baerbock also spoke out in favor of 3G in long-distance trains.
According to a representative survey by the opinion research institute Civey on behalf of the “Handelsblatt”, a 3G regulation in trains would meet with broad approval in view of the increasing number of corona cases in the population. 64 percent of those questioned were in favor, only 31 percent against. Five percent were undecided.
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