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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Will drivers and cyclists have clarity on Friday as to how the catalog of fines will continue? The fronts in the dispute over the repair of a formal error in the new road traffic regulations (StVO) had hardened for a long time. But shortly before a Federal Council meeting on Friday, things could move again. This is indicated by a survey by the German Press Agency. Some countries have not yet decided how they want to vote, but want to wait for further talks. In the country circles it was also said that until Friday there would be a lot of talks with the aim of reaching a compromise that would be acceptable to the majority. But it is also conceivable that the vote in the Federal Council will be postponed.
That’s what it’s all about: At the end of April, the new road traffic regulations came into force and with them a catalog of fines. There is a risk of your driving license being withdrawn if you drive 21 kilometers per hour (km / h) too fast in town or 26 km / h too fast outside town – the Federal Council had brought this into a comprehensive amendment to the Road Traffic Act. Before the thresholds were higher.
However, the regulation was suspended because of a formal error that had been discovered, and confiscated driving licenses were returned.
It is now disputed whether only the error should be fixed – that’s what the Greens want. Or whether the stricter sanctions through driving bans are being weakened because they are disproportionate – many states such as North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria as well as Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) are campaigning for this.
The proposal specifically provides for driving bans to be imposed in the event of speeding violations of more than 21 km / h in town and more than 26 km / h outside town in the event of a one-off violation, if they happen in particularly sensitive areas such as in front of kindergartens or on construction sites. In other cases, a “warning shot regulation” should apply and the driving ban should not be imposed until the second offense, but the fines should be increased the first time.
NRW, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein introduced this compromise proposal to the Federal Council’s transport committee, where it found a majority.
However, it is unclear how the vote in the Federal Council will end. Because if coalition partners in state governments do not agree, they usually abstain. The Greens co-rule in a total of eleven out of 16 countries.
Saxony-Anhalt announced that it would abstain. There is a general dissent between the transport and the environment committee, said a government spokesman. A coalition of CDU, SPD and Greens rules in Magdeburg.
It is unclear how the green-black coalition votes in Baden-Württemberg. The CDU had recently made it clear that Transport Minister Winfried Hermann (Greens) did not speak for the entire state government.
Hermann is the negotiator for the Greens in the state governments. He had recently made it surprisingly clear that he thought an agreement in the dispute was possible. There was movement in the matter, Hermann told the news portal “The Pioneer”. “The proposed amount of the fine is clearly too low and the waiting period is not sufficient from our point of view,” he emphasized. “Overall, we want the fines for frenzy to be increased. In addition, once the speed limit is exceeded, the driver’s license should definitely be withdrawn.” Cities also need to make it easier to identify cycle paths.
The CDU / FDP-ruled North Rhine-Westphalia accused the Greens of a blockade in the dpa poll. This prevents the rapid entry into force of rules for more road safety, especially for cyclists. Due to the formal error, violations are no longer sanctioned.
Bavaria announced that it would approve the planned revision of the catalog of fines. “From our point of view, a sensible compromise has been found with the driving ban regulations. This on the one hand avoids unnecessary tightening and on the other hand strengthens road safety, especially in areas where driving too fast is particularly dangerous, for example in front of schools and kindergartens,” said Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) the dpa.
“We urgently advise the countries with green government participation to give up their disproportionate maximum demands and thus their purely ideological blockade on the back of traffic safety,” emphasized Herrmann.
In Kiel it was said that Schleswig-Holstein’s behavior was still open. A coalition of CDU, Greens and FDP rules in Kiel. In Hamburg, on the other hand, the red-green Senate has the basic stance that only the formal error in the StVO should be corrected. Nevertheless, it has not yet been determined how Hamburg will vote in the Bundesrat. According to the traffic authorities, Senator Anjes Tjarks (Greens) has a “free hand” on the subject.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania wants to determine its voting behavior only after preliminary talks on Thursday evening, as a government spokesman said. The SPD and CDU rule in Schwerin. The Saxon Ministry of Transport did not want to commit itself either.
The state of Bremen rejects a softening of the tougher penalties for speeders. “Bremen stands for road safety,” said traffic senator Maike Schaefer (Greens). Bremen demanded a bill from Scheuer to cure the formal defect.
The Saarland with a black-red coalition referred to the multi-country application with NRW, among others. This creates legal certainty without compromising on road safety, said the spokesman for Transport Minister Anke Rehlinger (SPD), who is currently chair of the Transport Ministers’ Conference. Rehlinger had repeatedly warned against burdening the StVO debate with “ideological trench warfare” ./hoe/DP/eas