Now, in the election campaign, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer is positioning himself on the ongoing dispute, arguing similar to that of Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet.
Berlin – A few weeks before the federal election, the issue of speed limits on motorways continues to split. It is a concern of the Greens around Annalena Baerbock and the SPD around their Chancellery competitor Olaf Scholz. Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU), on the other hand, does not go along with this.
“The argument for a general speed limit is a political instrument of combat, for some even a fetish,” said Scheuer of the dpa. “When making a choice, citizens can decide whether they want freedom of mobility – or restrictions and bans. And the Greens are right at the front. ”Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet recently called the idea“ illogical ”. In his argument, Laschet expected an increase in e-cars in Germany.
Speed limit in Germany: SPD and Greens, Union, FDP and AfD on the other side
The minister emphasized that the system of recommended recommended speed of 130 kilometers per hour had proven its worth. About a third of the motorway network also already has a speed limit. “With alternative drives, automation and autonomous driving, the average speed will drop anyway.” It is currently 117 kilometers per hour. “The German autobahns are the safest roads in the world. We tend to have problems with road safety on country roads, that’s what our focus must be on, ”said Scheuer.
In their election programs, the SPD and the Greens are calling for a general limit of 130 kilometers per hour on motorways, while the Left wants a maximum speed of 120. Union, FDP and AfD expressly reject a general speed limit.
Scheuer also opposed making Tempo 30 the rule in urban areas and the previously applicable Tempo 50 the exception. “A general, area-wide Tempo 30 in city centers is too general for me.” (dpa / frs)
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