In the debate about a general speed limit on Germany's motorways, the green digital expert Dieter Janecek considers exceptions for electric cars to be possible. At a speed limit, times of the day, intelligent control and effects on the climate had to be discussed, he told the Augsburger Allgemeine . A speed limit is "particularly imperative at times of day with high traffic density", since it has been shown to improve road safety and save petrol that is harmful to the climate.
"Entirely new possibilities" thanks to digitization and new drive means
"But why not think about granting exemptions for climate-friendly means of transport such as e-cars that run on renewable surplus electricity, for example at night with little traffic," added the Green Member of the Bundestag. One hundred percent of renewable energies as a drive source in connection with digitalization and autonomous driving enabled "completely new possibilities" of climate-friendly and comfortable mobility. "Combined with a powerful rail service, domestic flights could become completely unnecessary," added Janecek.
The question of a speed limit on motorways has been debated in Germany for weeks. A message from the ADAC caused a sensation: The largest automobile club moved away from its categorical resistance to a speed limit and declared itself neutral on this issue. The background is the "unclear" opinion within the population and among the more than 21 million ADAC members.
Like the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) is still completely against a speed limit. Already before Christmas he said: "We have far more outstanding tasks than to put this highly emotional topic again and again in the shop window - for which there are no majorities." In fact, the Greens had failed on the motorways with their push for a general speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour. They had not received a majority in the Bundestag for this last October.
62,000 support CSU campaign
At that time, however, the SPD had also spoken out against a speed limit, from which it has now moved again. Currently, only the Union is promoting free travel on Germany's trunk roads and expressways, and the CSU even launched an internet campaign. According to Secretary General Markus Blume, more than 62,000 supporters had registered there until last Monday.
Motorists can currently accelerate indefinitely on the majority of motorways in Germany. According to data from the Federal Highway Research Institute, which was surveyed five years ago, around 70 percent of the motorway network is without a binding speed limit. There are permanent or temporary restrictions with signs on 20.8 percent of the network. There are also variable traffic control displays.