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Debate over speed limit: DUH sees greens before “Mövenpick moment”

Deutsche Umwelthilfe has warned the Greens of serious consequences for their credibility if the possible new government continues to reject a general speed limit on motorways. DUH managing director Jürgen Resch said the dpa, The implementation of a speed limit is the only measure in the transport sector that has an immediate effect, costs next to nothing and generates up to eight million tons of CO2 save each year. It also increases road safety. “Without a speed limit, however, I see a Mövenpick moment here, especially for the Greens, a strong and lasting damage to the credibility of their climate protection policy.”

Giving up a general speed limit in exploratory talks “without need” was a serious mistake, said Resch. “The Greens are measured by what they have in terms of specific CO2– Get savings in the next four years – also and especially in the transport sector. “The SPD, Greens and FDP had written in their exploratory paper:” There will be no general speed limit. “The FDP is against a speed limit Institute of the German Economy came to the conclusion in September 2021: 77 percent of drivers drive slower than 130 km / h, only a fraction faster than 160 km / h.

With the statement of a “Mövenpick moment”, Resch refers to a tax cut by the black and yellow federal government in 2009. It had decided to reduce value added tax for hotel accommodation, primarily at the instigation of the FDP. It was then nicknamed the “Mövenpick Party” because it had previously received a large donation from Mövenpick co-owner August von Finck.

Resch said: “If I look at the exploratory results for the transport sector, it is so far an oath of disclosure in climate protection policy. There are no measures that would make a relevant contribution to CO in the next four years2– include lowering. Even the promises for the period after 2030, such as an exit from combustion engines, were turned into the opposite: “A speed limit is not only highly symbolic, it is also crucial for achieving the climate target in the transport sector.” The persistent resistance to a speed limit by a vocal minority in Germany is comparable to the debate in the United States about the right to bear arms. “

Resch further said: “If the traffic light parties do not reverse the cancellation of a” general speed limit “in the coalition talks, the new Federal Minister of Transport still has the option of setting a” temporary speed limit “of 120 km for the years 2022 to 2024, for example. h. And, in addition, 80 km / h outside towns and 30 km / h in all cities. In view of the acute climate crisis, a temporary speed limit due to the real climate damage is more than legitimate. “

The “senseless turf against climate protection” must come to an end in Germany, said Resch. “If a new traffic light government refuses to introduce the speed limit, we will enforce it through legal action. After our success with the climate lawsuits before the Federal Constitutional Court, the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court will probably deal with our” Sector Climate Action Traffic “in the first half of 2022. employ.” Resch said he was confident that the court would consider the German government’s previous climate protection measures to be inadequate and would order further short-term climate protection measures such as a speed limit in court.


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