Berlin (dpa) - In the debate about a general speed limit on Germany's highways, a Green politician proposes special regulations, for example for electric cars.
At a speed limit, one has to discuss times of the day, intelligent control and effects on the climate, said the green digital expert Dieter Janecek of the "Augsburger Allgemeine".
"A speed limit is imperative especially at times of day with high traffic density, as it has been shown to improve road safety and save petrol that is harmful to the climate," emphasized the Bundestag member. "But why not think about it in the future, for example by granting exceptions at night with little traffic for climate-friendly means of transportation such as electric cars that run on renewable surplus electricity."
Greens faction vice Oliver Krischer rejected the statements. "As Greens we are for a speed limit without exception," said Krischer. "Regardless of whether it is a combustion engine, an electric car or a hydrogen car - a top speed should apply to everyone for safety reasons. Advantages for environmentally friendly cars make more sense in parking spaces or in vehicle tax."
A speed limit on German motorways is also being discussed again because the ADAC is no longer fundamentally against a general speed limit. The Greens failed in October with an application to introduce speed 130 in the Bundestag. A speed limit is controversial in the coalition of CDU, CSU and SPD. The SPD is in favor, the Union largely against it.
The CSU had launched an internet campaign against a speed limit a few days ago. As Secretary General Markus Blume of the "Augsburger Allgemeine" said, more than 62,000 supporters had already registered on the campaign side of the CSU by Monday. The German Environment Aid responded with a campaign entitled "Speed Limit? YES Please!" on the CSU advance.