The CSU has launched a campaign against the introduction of a speed limit - to the annoyance of its coalition partner, the SPD. Deputy faction leader Sören Bartol accused the CSU of "loss of reality". There is now "a social majority for a speed limit," said Bartol. "The CSU should face up to this reality too - loss of reality is unworthy of a People's Party," he said.
Under the motto "Speed limit? No thanks! Take part - together against speed limit", the CSU is calling to register online as a supporter of the campaign. "The CSU is clearly opposed to this ideologically motivated project by the Greens, SPD and Die Linke", says the website. According to the CSU, 10,000 people would have registered within two days of activating the site. That reports the picture on Sunday .
Greens faction deputy Oliver Krischer criticized the CSU campaign as "populist" "If even the ADAC is no longer against a speed limit, it shows how far the CSU is sidelined," said Krischer.
ADAC has deviated from its strict stance
For decades, the ADAC was strictly against a speed limit. But in January the automobile club moved from this position. One does not want to make a recommendation in the dispute and works for an objectification of the debate, said ADAC Vice President Gerhard Hillebrand. The largest automobile club in Germany justified its neutrality with an "unclear" opinion of its members. In a member survey, 50 percent voted against a speed limit and 45 percent voted for it.
The new SPD party leaders Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans had demanded a speed limit in early December, sparking the debate again. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) later joined. "Common sense" speaks for a speed limit, said Schulze. Consumer advocates and the Greens also support the Social Democrats' push. CSU Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer rejects the speed limit, the CDU is largely against it.
On German motorways there is only a guideline of 130 kilometers per hour, in contrast to other European countries there is no general speed limit so far. Free travel applies to 70 percent of the German motorway network. 20.8 percent of the street kilometers are restricted, with speeds of 120 and 100 being the most common. There are also variable traffic control displays. This is shown by current data from the Federal Highway Research Institute.