Volker Wissing is committed to car drivers (archive image)
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The prospective Minister of Transport, Volker Wissing, has positioned himself as a lawyer for motorists and has indicated which direction he wants to take with the ministry. Now criticism comes from the ranks of the Greens. "The coalition agreement does not provide that," the transport policy spokesman Stefan Gelbhaar contradicted Wissing's announcement that he wanted to lower the vehicle tax in order to compensate for higher diesel prices. »The coalition agreement provides for an adjustment of diesel costs to gasoline costs. The FDP has agreed to this, and Mr. Wissing will also have to adhere to this, ”said Gelbhaar to SPIEGEL. Parliament would also have to decide on a new version of the vehicle tax. In the coalition agreement, only a test order is formulated.
The Ampelkoalition agreed on a vaguely worded statement: "With the implementation of the EU Energy Tax Directive, which provides for a tax harmonization of diesel fuel and petrol, we will review the tax treatment of diesel vehicles in the vehicle tax."
Matthias Gastel, Greens spokesman for rail policy, also criticized Wissing's basic positioning on Twitter: "A future traffic light transport minister should first and foremost be an advocate for rail, bus and bicycle." He must rely on alternative, innovative drives "instead of looking backwards and forgetting about the future on fossil fuels Fuels «.
Just one day after his nomination, Wissing proposed a reduction in fuel prices by reducing energy taxes.
Now he has followed up with the reduction in vehicle taxes in the "Bild" magazine.
The Ministry of Transport is considered to be central to climate protection.
The fact that the Greens left it to the FDP causes frustration in the party.
Even in the coalition agreement, the Greens were unable to enforce some of their ideas for traffic against the SPD and FDP.
From the perspective of the Greens, the subsidization of diesel should have ended.
However, they could not stipulate that in the coalition agreement.
Also, the word traffic turnaround does not appear once in the contract.