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Municipalities are flirting with a city

2023-01-30T05:58:34.397Z


According to the German Association of Cities, 30 km/h is “safer, more climate-friendly and healthier” than 50 km/h. However, many municipalities cannot easily introduce the limit. Now they are increasing the pressure on Transport Minister Wissing.


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Speed ​​trap in Cologne

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Not only the speed limit on German autobahns is hotly debated – opinions also differ on speed limits in built-up areas.

However, not at the German Association of Cities.

He is now urging Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) to allow the introduction of 30 km/h throughout the city.

"Cities that want this should also be able to impose a general speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour and only allow 50 km/h or another speed on selected main roads," said Helmut Dedy, the general manager of the German Association of Cities, the Düsseldorf "Rheinische Post".

So far, this has only been possible to a limited extent for the municipalities.

Dedy now asked Wissing to adapt the traffic law accordingly.

Cities should »be able to decide for themselves where it will be safer, more climate-friendly and healthier if the speed limit is not 50.

It shouldn't always take years and many reports before something changes," said Dedy.

»We need more freedom of action on site, for example for safe routes to school for our children.«

On Thursday, the City Day, an alliance of more than 3,000 district-free and district-affiliated cities and municipalities, wants to emphasize its demand at a conference.

At its meeting last week in Chemnitz, the City Council passed a resolution and called on the federal government to implement recommendations made by the Bundestag.

According to the Rheinischer Post, the municipal umbrella organization is supporting the “Livable Cities” initiative from hundreds of municipalities, which is committed to ensuring that municipalities can set the maximum speed of 30 km/h in town where they find it necessary.

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Source: spiegel

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