Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer is against a new debate about a general speed limit on motorways. "We have far more outstanding tasks than putting this highly emotional issue over and over again in the shop window - for which there are no majorities at all," said the CSU politician. There is a functioning system of target speed. There are already speed limits on around a third of the motorways. Most accidents also happened on country roads.

Scheuer's statements are prompted by the demands of the new SPD leadership, which has named 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 is also said in a party conference decision from the beginning of December.

Scheuer does not want to know about that: "The Bundestag voted a few weeks ago and rejected a speed limit with an overwhelming majority," he said. "We should steer intelligently. It's about better traffic control and traffic control through digital systems." This would allow 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 SPD chairwoman Saskia Esken criticized Scheuer 's refusal to even have a discussion about a speed limit: "I can understand that Transport Minister Scheuer is trying to produce news apart from the toll debacle, but he is not in the position to go it alone To settle coalition affairs, "she said. "A speed limit on our motorways is good for climate protection, is for safety and is easy on the nerves of drivers. And that's why we'll talk about it again in the new year." Outside Germany, a speed limit is the norm. "Only the CSU makes such an incomprehensible bohei out of it."

The coalition had already discussed a speed limit as part of the climate change talks, but the Union had refused. The Greens then made a move to introduce Tempo 130 in the Bundestag in October, but as expected they failed. Most SPD MPs had also voted against it, as is customary in coalitions for opposition proposals. At that time, 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.

70 percent of the motorway network without a speed limit

The majority of motorways are still free to drive. Without speed limit, 70 percent of the network. There are permanent or intermittent restrictions with signs on 20.8 percent of the network, as current data from the Federal Highway Research Institute shows for 2015 - 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 spot" - everywhere else, according to an overview from the ADAC motorist club, there are speed restrictions.