Scheuer: No new coalition debate about a speed limit

Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) again gives SPD requests for a speed limit a removal.

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Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer does not believe in a new debate about a speed limit on highways in the grand coalition. "We have far more outstanding tasks than putting this highly emotional topic over and over again in the shop window – for which there are no majorities at all," said the CSU politician to the German Press Agency (dpa). There is a working system of the target speed. Around a third of the motorways already have speed limits. Most of the accidents happened on country roads.

The SPD has cited a general speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour as one of the topics for additional projects that it now wants to talk to the Union about. This makes a contribution to traffic safety and is a "free climate protection measure", it says in a SPD party decision from the beginning of December (PDF). The new SPD leader Saskia Esken also advertises this.

Scheuer emphasized: "The Bundestag voted a few weeks ago and rejected a speed limit with an overwhelming majority." He added: "We should steer intelligently. It is about better traffic control and traffic control through digital systems. ”This allows traffic to be controlled precisely at critical points. "It makes a difference whether the route is clear at night or you drive on a heavily used section on Friday afternoon just before Christmas."

The coalition had already discussed a speed limit as part of the climate change talks, but the Union refused to do so. It was only in October that the Greens failed in the Bundestag with an initiative to introduce Tempo 130 – as expected. There were 126 MPs, 498 against, seven abstained. Most SPD MPs also voted against it, as is customary in coalitions for opposition proposals. Back then, SPD politicians made it clear that the topic should be put back on the agenda for discussions on more traffic safety in the new year.

The majority of motorways are still free to drive. Without speed limit, 70 percent of the network. There are permanent or temporary restrictions with signs on 20.8 percent of the network, such as data from Federal Highway Research Institute for 2015 (PDF) show – the most common are Tempo 120 (7.8 percent) and Tempo 100 (5.6 percent). There are also variable traffic control displays. Regardless of this, a recommended guideline speed of 130 has been in place for more than 40 years. If you look at an EU map, Germany is a “blank space” – everywhere else, according to an overview from the ADAC motorist club, there are speed restrictions. (dpa) /


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