FDP criticizes Lemke's push for the speed limit as “brazen”

FDP criticizes Lemke’s speed limit as ” brazen”

Updated on 06.052023 Reading time : 1 min

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Speed ​​limit on German autobahns: The FDP sees no added value for climate protection. (Source: IMAGO/Christian Spicker)

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Environment Minister Lemke calls for a speed limit on German autobahns in order to ensure more climate protection. The FDP thinks little of this proposal.

The FDP has criticized the initiative by Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens) for a speed limit on German autobahns. “I would like Ms. Lemke to reform the climate protection law quickly. Then we no longer have to discuss symbolic measures,” said Christian Dürr, chairman of the FDP parliamentary group, on Friday of the German Press Agency. “The effect of a speed limit is so small that we would not come a step closer to climate neutrality.”

The deputy FDP parliamentary group leader Carina Konrad invited the Environment Minister to talk about effective climate protection. “Almost every day a new speed limit proposal greets from the ranks of the Greens,” said Konrad. “That’s not only bold because it’s excluded in the coalition agreement, but also doesn’t change the fact that the manageable climate impact of a speed limit is rather negligible.”

Two t-online users argue the pros and cons of a speed limit. (Status: August 2022) (Source: t-online)

More Climate protection in traffic

In an interview with the German Press Agency, the Environment Minister had previously called for more efforts to be made to protect the climate in traffic and brought up a speed limit on motorways. A speed limit could make a significant contribution to climate protection, said Lemke. However, for well-known reasons, it is not part of the coalition agreement. Above all, the coalition partner FDP rejects a general speed limit on German autobahns.

According to calculations by the Federal Environment Agency, a nationwide, general speed limit of 120 kilometers per hour on autobahns reducing the overall CO2 emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles by around 2.7 percent. With a speed limit of 100 km/h, the reduction would be almost six percent.


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