Friday, May 24, 2024

German minister threatens to ban cars on weekends

De Gronne, who later became a government party, already proposed it in 2013. Now the transport minister from the FDP says that it may be necessary to ban car traffic jams if no new environmental legislation is introduced.

There are major disagreements in the German government, especially when it comes to the area of transport. The government is not living up to its own climate targets.

Surprisingly, the liberal transport minister Volker Wissing is therefore taking up an 11-year-old proposal from the government colleagues "De Gronne" again.

This is written by Deutschlandfunk .

If the Germans are to achieve the goal of saving CO2 emissions from the transport sector, it is only possible through a traffic ban two days a week, says Wissing.

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If Germany's environmental protection legislation does not come into force – or is reworked, as Wissing would like to see it happen before mid-July – some kind of emergency program must be presented.

Among other things, it will be necessary to have a nationwide traffic ban on Lord's days and Sundays. Volker Wissing, in the same vein, calls the measures unrealistic because it will affect everyone on German roads, including the business world.

From De Gronne, it sounds like they are 'surprised' that the Minister of Transport has put forward their own proposal again. The party criticizes the transport minister for using their own proposal against them as a form of pressure towards upcoming negotiations on Germany's climate legislation.

On the contrary, Volker Wissing defends himself by saying that the two-day traffic ban every week is the only way to save 22 tonnes of CO2 from the transport sector.

At the same time, however, Wissing has refused to limit the free speed that Germany's Autobahn network is known for. The Germans will 'never be able to accept that', he says.

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