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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Dear colleagues! If we are discussing transport policy and passing laws this evening, and of course in general in the German Bundestag, then in principle this affects every German; because everyone is sometimes a cyclist, sometimes a pedestrian; sometimes you use local public transport or the car. That is why the decisions here are of enormous importance for the everyday life of every German.

(Grigorios Aggelidis [FDP]: What about the non-Germans?)

That is why we as the CDU / CSU parliamentary group are promoting various transport policy issues together with State Secretary Enak Ferlemann and Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. We say: traffic must become more climate-friendly by investing in electromobility, hydrogen propulsion and e-fuels.

(Stefan Gelbhaar [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Talk about the topic!)

We also want to accelerate infrastructure projects in Germany. To this end, we have launched four planning laws in this legislative period alone,

(Stefan Gelbhaar [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: On the subject!)

With which we have, among other things, digitized the authorities and ensured more staff in the planning authorities.

Above all, we also want to advance the answer to a question that many of us in the country ask ourselves every day on the way to work and of course on many other routes, namely: How do you get from A to B more safely? How do you get through traffic accident-free?

Before we come to the turning assistance systems, I would like to say again that we have had an enormous success story in Germany since the early 1970s. At that time – and that only affected West Germany at the time – over 20,000 deaths in traffic. Today there are still 3,000 road deaths. Every traffic fatality is a death, a victim, too much, and that is why we, the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, are also promoting Vision Zero so that we no longer have any deaths in traffic as quickly as possible.

(Matthias Gastel [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: But you have to do something! When?)

What does it take? To do this, we need various legal measures that have been adopted in recent years – from compulsory seat belts and lowering the alcohol limit to modern formats such as podcasts and social media. There are now wonderful offers especially in the field of traffic education. I want to mention one thing very briefly: The Bundesliga referee Patrick Ittrich, who comes from my constituency of Hamburg-Nord, does it wonderfully. He uses social media and modern podcasts to inspire many children and young people to abide by the rules of the road.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

Vice President Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich:

Mr President, would you allow Mr Gelbhaar to ask a question?

Dr. Christoph Ploß (CDU / CSU):

With pleasure. He doesn’t seem to want to quit anytime soon.

(Marianne Schieder [SPD]: Unfortunately!)

I was surprised that he hadn’t asked any yet.

Stefan Gelbhaar (ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS):

I’ve waited for you to get down to business that took a while.

Dr. Christoph Ploß (CDU / CSU):

I still have a good two minutes and thought that today I am approaching from the meta level.

Stefan Gelbhaar (ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS):

It’s almost like a conversation. – I thought I would give you a little more speaking time so that you could then also speak on the subject.

You have just mentioned that seat belts are compulsory and talked about something about the 1970s and the alcohol limit. It was all a very, very long time ago. It’s about the now and what we can do now.

We had 3,648 road deaths in 2010. That was a low level, as you have just reported; you can look at it either way. At that time it was said that in 2020 – that is, now, this year – we want to have 40 percent fewer road deaths. So they didn’t even talk about Vision Zero, but about 40 percent less.

I did the math. That would have been 2188 road deaths. It’s a bit strange when you talk about numbers like that, but that’s how it is. In 2019, however, we had 3,046 road deaths. There’s a difference of 858, and I suspect it won’t look any better this year either.

You’re talking about podcasts and social media here. I can’t take that seriously, with all due respect. We have made a very specific proposal here on how to specifically avoid road fatalities, namely with truck turning assistants.

So the question again: Do you agree to this draft law, or what other specific proposals do you have to protect not only the vehicle occupants – you can achieve this with seat belts, etc. – but also the environment? That’s what it’s all about, and that’s what I want your answer to.

(Applause from BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Dr. Christoph Ploß (CDU / CSU):

Mr Gelbhaar, first of all I thank you for paying such close attention to my speaking time. That sounds almost like an application speech for the office of Vice President in the next legislative period. I do not hope that Mrs Roth will see this.

Second, I thought we could approach the topic from the meta level. It can’t hurt if you work in detail here and sometimes look at a topic a little bigger. That doesn’t do any harm in transport policy or on other issues.

Thirdly, I was just about to come to the turning assistance systems, and I would be happy to answer your question, too, colleague.

(Stefan Gelbhaar [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: I haven’t heard an answer yet!)

– In politics, it’s not bad if you have a little patience.

We as the CDU / CSU parliamentary group and the Federal Ministry of Transport are doing everything at both European and national level to make turning assistance systems mandatory more quickly. If it were only up to the Federal Ministry of Transport and our parliamentary group, we would have preferred to introduce them yesterday rather than today. However, it is the case that we Germans are not completely alone and also have to ensure that we vote on the decision on the European level and get a majority in the European committees. We will do everything for that.

Other colleagues have also shown in their speeches that this naturally also affects legal issues. It cannot be that we pick up legal gossip because we alone make the decision in Germany that a Polish truck can no longer drive into Germany.

(Shouting from Abig. Oliver Krischer [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

We want to avoid that as the CDU / CSU. That is why we will unfortunately not be able to pursue your proposal to introduce certain zones. On the other hand, there are enormous concerns under European law, and that would, above all, discriminate against vehicles from many other European countries.

(Matthias Gastel [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Explaining what doesn’t work is not an answer!)

Ladies and gentlemen, this brings us back to the fundamental transport policy question: How can we make traffic safer? We have completely different answers to this; that becomes clear in the debate, dear colleagues from the Greens. They rely on bans, on regulations, as they do on many other issues.

(Applause from MP Stefan Gelbhaar [Alliance 90 / THE GREENS] – Stefan Gelbhaar [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS]: Podcast!)

We, on the other hand, want to rely on new technologies. We want to introduce new systems.

(Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Yes, exactly! The turning assistant is a new system! That is not a ban!)

That is why we are pressing ahead with the development of turning assistance systems.

In the end, we will ensure more road safety by promoting very different measures; This ranges from increasing the fines for cyclists who do not obey the rules, for drivers who do not obey the rules, and for truck drivers who do not obey the rules, to expanding the infrastructure and turning assistance systems for trucks. We will promote these different measures together with the Federal Ministry of Transport at all levels and use the last months of this legislative period to do so. I would be delighted, my dear colleague, if you were to be a little more constructive than in this debate.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Matthias Gastel [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Who made the suggestion here? You didn’t make a single suggestion!)


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