In the transport political dispute over the admission of scooters with an electric motor is no end in sight.

At a Meeting of the transport Ministers of the countries in Saarbrücken concerns against the newly-adopted draft regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers with the rules for the use of the Companion. Particularly contentious is that “E-scooters” are intended for use with a maximum speed of 12 km/h, preferably walkways as well as bike and pedestrian paths. The Minister of transport, today want to take after two days of discussions on the topic of E-scooter position, but also to a number of other topics. The Federal Council is expected to on 17. May decide on the admission of the small runabout.

The E-scooter “does not belong on the sidewalks,” said the Hessian Minister of transport Tarek Al-Wazir (Green). There passers-by have often already little space. Electric scooters are “a very useful thing”, because you Bus and train travel could make it more attractive. The Bremen-based transport, Senator Joachim Lohse (Green), warned also before E-scooters on sidewalks: “the conflicts with pedestrians are also given the quietness of the E-scooter pre-programmed.” He presented to the Ministerial conference under the leadership of the Saarland, Department head Anke Rehlinger (SPD), a proposal for a decision rejecting the release of the sidewalks for “small electric vehicles”.

The baden-württemberg transport Minister Winfried Hermann (Green party) turned against the Federal government also proposed compulsory insurance for the E-scooter. This was “a bureaucratic obstacle, which we reject,” he explained. It was clear that the infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists must be significantly expanded.

the Federal transport Minister, Andreas Scheuer (CSU) had proposed that scooters are designed to travel a maximum speed of 20 km/h on bike paths. If there is not, could you go to view Scheuer intra – and extra-urban on the road. Scheuer: “E-scooter a tremendous future potential.” A corresponding regulation shall apply in Bavaria, where already more than 7000 electric scooters are on the road already. Minister of transport Hans Reichhart (CSU) said Bavaria was the first state in which electric scooters are legal on bike paths on the road.

in Order to make Cycling in cities safer and more attractive, want to make the Minister, the road traffic regulations for cyclists – and, in addition, 15 points were the Federal. For example, Trucks should be allowed in the future, turn to the urban, only step speed to the right. And all of the major Cycling routes should be authorities in towns allows, Tempo 30 to be arranged.

Schleswig-Holstein transport Minister Bernd Buchholz (FDP) warned of big difficulties for motorists. He went on to note “that our roads are not only for cyclists,” he said. “The ease of the motorized traffic must be thought of.” You must not allow, therefore, the side-by-side Cycling, which hinder the car traffic, basically.

The Bicycle club ADFC, the thrust of the Minister does not go far enough. Also, the overall road traffic law needs to be reformed, and to sustainability and climate protection objectives to be adjusted. Specifically, the ADFC pace of 30 calls, as a rule, the speed of urban and restriction of free Parking. “The German traffic law breathes the spirit of the post-war period,” said national Director Burkhard Stork. “Under “traffic” is understood to mean in the first line of “car transport”, the other modes of transport are considered to be of secondary importance.” This understanding is outdated. “We need a traffic law, geared to the needs of all traffic participants, especially on the foot and Bicycle traffic.”

On the Agenda, the topics mobility of the future, and climate protection are also available through low-emission transport. The Ministers call on the Federal government, in the case of the EU, the obligation for the installation of a Turn-off wizard in the load advancing car.

Already on Thursday, the Minister had called for a crackdown on so-called car-Poser. There is a need in the aggressive and safety related To the-Show PS-strong vehicles (“Posing”) has a need for urgent action. Higher penalties are also for causing unnecessary noise by the car-Poser required, it was said in the decision. In addition, they made for higher penalties and quicker driver’s license violations deprivation in speed.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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