Several associations have the three-year work of the government commission “National Platform Future of Mobility” (NPM) as being too car-heavy. “In particular, the alliance criticizes the lack of will to noticeably reduce car traffic,” it said in a joint statement. “The organizations are demanding clear priority from the next federal government for pedestrian, bicycle and local and long-distance public transport.” The bottom line is that the critics doubt whether the measures recommended by the panel of experts are sufficient to achieve the climate protection goals in transport.
At the end of the current federal government’s term of office, the advisory body will hand over its final report to Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU). The report will be presented on Wednesday by the chairman of the commission, Henning Kagermann, during the international mobility congress ITS in Hamburg. The commission anchored in the coalition agreement between the Union and the SPD should work out proposals for climate neutrality in transport, but at the same time it should also give its opinion on how the German auto industry can remain competitive.
The criticism comes from the ADFC bicycle club, the pro-rail alliance, the environmental association BUND, the industry association for local public transport, VDV, and the German Association of Cities.
“New understanding of the mobility of the future”
The associations particularly criticized the fact that the assessments of the NPM “were based too one-sidedly on technical solutions for car traffic” – “instead of focusing on avoiding and shifting car journeys”. Instead, a “completely new understanding of the mobility of the future” would have to be developed. First and foremost, Germany needs attractive alternatives to owning a car.
The current chairman of the Federal Lander’s Conference of Transport Ministers (VMK), Bremen Senator Maike Schaefer (Green), expressed herself in this direction in the joint statement of the associations: “Cars are still getting bigger and take up more and more space in the limited street space. Many of the approaches from the NPM report, however, require space in the street: regardless of whether it is electric charging stations, new logistics concepts or better conditions for walking and cycling. “The mobility transition therefore needs more alternatives to car ownership.” and foot traffic together with bus and train. “(dpa / gem)
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