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Irritating topic: Auto industry sticks to no to speed limit

2020-01-25T10:10:15.661Z

ZEIT ONLINE | News, backgrounds and debates



Berlin (dpa) - The auto industry sticks to its no to a general speed limit on highways. The attitude is unchanged, said a spokesman for the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) of the German Press Agency.

He referred to a communication from the end of December. At that time, the VDA had declared that the debate about a general rigid speed limit on German motorways was “not helpful”. The managing director of the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC), Burkhard Stork, told the dpa: «For us, safety is the top priority in traffic. So far, maximum speed has been a priority - it doesn't work together. »

The discussion had picked up speed again because the ADAC is "no longer fundamentally" against a speed limit, as the ADAC Vice President Traffic, Gerhard Hillebrand, told the German Press Agency. With a good 21 million members, the ADAC is the largest automobile club in Germany.

"The discussion about the introduction of a general speed limit on motorways is emotionally conducted and polarized among the members," said Hillebrand. "That is why the ADAC is currently not stipulating the question." Objectification is urgently required. The effects of a speed limit should be urgently clarified in a comprehensive study. "This would provide a reliable basis for decision-making."

In the VDA's view, a general speed limit on highways does not help the environment or safety. The end of December statement said that a significant portion of the highways already included speed limits. In addition, German motorways are the safest roads. Also in terms of climate policy, a rigid speed limit on motorways brings next to nothing.

ADFC general manager Stork, on the other hand, said: “Tempo 130 on highways can be part of a cultural change that we urgently need in Germany. It's good that the ADAC has recognized that there are more and more people who want this cultural change. »

A speed limit is controversial in the black-red coalition. The SPD is in favor, the Union largely against it. Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) had told dpa before Christmas: "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."

Source: zeit

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