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Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer is planning this

Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer
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04.02.2019: Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer continues to rely on diesel technology: Particularly In rural areas, “diesel must have a future and diesel will have a future,” said the CSU politician after a meeting of the Bavarian IG Metall and the heads of the Bavarian vehicle manufacturers Audi, BMW and MAN. A nface of the decreasing nitrogen oxide pollution in German inner cities , the Minister of Transport is talking to the EU Commission about“ how we can get practicable solutions '. The EU Commission is currently suing Germany and five other countries for bad air - especially because the nitrogen oxide limit values ​​are not being met. Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), who also took part in the meeting, called for the limit values ​​to be checked and measuring points no longer to be set up in “absurd places”.

Chancellor calls for hardware retrofits

09/21/2018: According to Spiegel information, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) decided that older diesels should be retrofitted with nitrogen oxide catalysts. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) should find a legal solution by Sunday (23.9.2018). On this basis, the subsequent hardware retrofitting of Euro 5 diesel should be possible in order to counter diesel driving bans in inner cities. 'At the moment, the federal government is negotiating behind the scenes with the car companies to participate in such a retrofit solution,' said Der Spiegel. On Sunday, Merkel wants to meet with Scheuer and representatives of the auto industry. Background: The Hessian Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) is pushing for a solution in the face of diesel driving bans in Frankfurt and the upcoming state elections.

09/17/2018: Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer had clearly relied on software updates and was vehemently pronounced against the hardware retrofitting of older diesels. Now the CSU politician seems to be changing his mind. However, without specifically talking about software or hardware retrofitting, Scheuer said in a video message on Twitter: “We will think about technical issues as to how we can get existing vehicles even cleaner.” In his video message, he mainly referred to buses and municipal ones Vehicles. In an interview with the television station n-tv, he added that onethis could 'keep an eye on' with Euro 5 cars. One also has to think about the van class.

Will the scrapping bonus for old diesels come?

Now that, following groundbreaking court rulings, driving bans for older diesel cars are threatening in more and more cities, Scheuer sees them Car manufacturers are more responsible than before. That is why Scheuer's U-turn could even lead in a further direction: scrapping premiums for old diesel cars. 'Owners of old diesels must be made extremely attractive offers to switch to clean cars,' said the transport minister in an interview with the 'Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung'. He spoke to the manufacturers about the price at which these old diesel vehicles could be traded in.

April 20, 2018: According to the Süddeutscher Zeitung, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) sets the car manufacturers a final deadline for software updates. “I'm currently putting pressure on that all the promised 5.3 million cars will be improved by the end of 2018,” Scheuer told the newspaper. At the diesel summit, car manufacturers had promised to convert millions of cars, while the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) had only submitted applications for the conversion of a few tens of thousands of models Scheuer told the Süddeutsche Zeitung: “We are almost through with the approximately 2.5 million VW cars that were compulsory. For the other voluntarily planned updates, I have now informed the manufacturers that they have to present us with a schedule by when they will deliver to the Federal Motor Transport Authority ”. The minister went on to say that he will take the manufacturers at their word. He called on the manufacturers to eliminate mistakes and work on their image: 'The time of the high horse is over.'

The plans of the Minister of Transport

April 12, 2018: Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer plans to accelerate the switch to electromobility for trucks. From 2019, the CSU Minister wants to exempt electric trucks from the German truck toll - this would mean savings of several thousand euros a year for companies and freight forwarders.

He told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that it was also “a measure to improve the air in our cities. Electric trucks will be exempt from the truck toll from January 1, 2019. This is a great incentive for transport companies to switch to environmentally friendly vehicles. '

Government circles say they want to boost sales of e-trucks, currently Germany's 12,000 trucks are exempt from tolls - with an average annual saving of 5,000 euros per vehicle.

The German truck toll currently applies to 15,000 kilometers of autobahns and 40,000 kilometers of all federal highways. The federal income amounts to around five billion euros per year.

11.4.2018: The technical retrofitting of older onesAndreas Scheuer believes diesel vehicles are the wrong way to go. 'Reports about a diesel fund for hardware retrofitting have caused confusion, but I assure you: There is nothing to it,' he told the 'Passauer Neue Presse'. The emissions problem can be solved without driving bans.

'We in the Federal Ministry of Transport have legal and technical reservations against the subsequent installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems in older vehicles'. With this, Scheuer reacted to media reports that there were considerations to set up a billion-dollar fund with the participation of the auto industry for the technical retrofitting of diesel vehicles. The car manufacturers should pay five billion euros into this fund.

Andreas Scheuer is the 6th Transport Minister of the CSU

On March 14, 2018, the grand coalition of the CDU, CSU and the SPD started work. The new Federal Minister of Transport is the CSU politician Andreas Scheuer. The 45-year-old has been Secretary General of the CSU since December 2013 and a member of the German Bundestag since 2002. From 2009 to 2013 he was Parliamentary State Secretary in Angela Merkel's cabinet in the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development and Peter Ramsauer as Federal Transport Minister.

Andreas Scheuer was born in Passau, is married and has one child. He studied political science, economics and sociology at the University of Passau until 2001, and received his doctorate in 2004 from Charles University in Prague. Scheuer has been a member of the CSU since 1994.

As the 18th Federal Minister of Transport, he took over the office in the Groko from party comrade Alexander Dobrindt, making him the 6th Transport Minister of the CSU. The Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is currently managing Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmid (CSU).

The transport policy content of the coalition agreement

'Mobility is a central basis for individual freedom and social prosperity, for economic growth and jobs in all regions. We therefore want to organize modern, clean, barrier-free and affordable mobility for all people in Germany, while mastering social challenges such as demographic change, urbanization, the connection of rural areas and globalization. To strengthen cohesion in Europe, we will improve cross-border mobility. We want to further expand and modernize our infrastructure and take advantage of the great opportunities offered by digital innovations, such as automated and networked driving, and alternative drives on all modes of transport, ”said the introduction of the coalition agreement between CDU, CSU and SPD> Transport investments

Transport investments remain at least at the current level. The focus is on preservation before new construction and expansion. Those in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030Prioritized projects are 'adequately' financed. A new traffic infrastructure status report should transparently list the priority maintenance measures according to federal states. The funds for the Municipal Transport Financing Act (GVFG) will be increased to one billion euros annually by 2021 and will be available for expansion and new construction measures “and then dynamized annually”.

Public-private partnerships /infrastructure company Transport

The as yet unfinished PPP projects will be implemented on the condition that their profitability is transparently demonstrated according to the rules of the Federal Audit Office. Economic feasibility study and concession contracts are published.
The development of the transport infrastructure society is to be closely monitored with the involvement of trade unions and staff councils in organizational decisions. A privatization of the road infrastructure and the infrastructure society traffic remains excluded.

Planning acceleration

A planning and construction acceleration law is supposed to provide more dynamism in the areas of traffic and infrastructure. Accordingly, it should be possible to plan and build public transport routes more quickly thanks to early public participation, less bureaucracy and targeted deployment of personnel. Shortened planning and approval procedures apply to selected projects. Administrative court proceedings will also be reduced to one instance.

Driving bans, mobility and the environment

Driving bans should be avoided, but air pollution control in cities must be improved. To this end, Groko wants to support the municipalities to comply with the emission limit values ​​as part of their air pollution control plans with measures other than general driving bans. Affected cities are supported by the “Sustainable Mobility for the City” fund.

Furthermore, pollutant emissions from road traffic are to be reduced directly at the source. Correspondingly, this includes technical improvements to existing vehicles - as far as technically and economically justifiable. 'We will be in 2018 on the basis of the results of the ongoing investigations into hardware retrofitting variants in the working group' Technical retrofitting 'and the further decisions of the' Diesel Summit 'as well as all legal questions of approval, warranty and bearing costs as well as knowledge of court decisions and Decide on the decisions at European level on further steps to reduce NOx, including technical retrofits. We advocate a joint and coordinated approach by the federal government, the federal states, local authorities, companies and trade unions, ”the coalition agreement continues.

  • The German Institute that is yet to be founded for consumption and emission measurements (DIVEM), theMonitor compliance with emission regulations and sanction them if necessary.
  • The flat-rate company car tax for electric and hybrid vehicles receives a reduced rate of 0.5 percent of the domestic list price.
  • By 2020, at least 100,000 Charging points for e-cars will also be available, a third of which are fast charging stations (DC). In addition, private charging stations are subsidized.
  • The installation of charging points for tenants or apartment owners is to be made legally easier.
  • For commercial electric vehicles, the Groko carry out a special tax of 50 percent per year limited to five years the purchase. In addition, the conversion and purchase of e-taxis, e-buses, e-commercial vehicles and car sharing models are to be supported.
  • The existing 'National Electromobility Platform' is being redesigned into a 'Future of Mobility' platform. This is intended to promote the further development of the automotive industry. The aim is to support the industry 'to provide the entire value chain of electromobility in Germany and Europe.'

Road safety & autonomous driving

Medium-term reduction in traffic fatalities to 'zero' (Vision Zero). A new program is to be launched following the 2011 traffic safety program.

The federal control authorities (e.g. BAG) should be better staffed in order to increase the control density. To increase road safety, the grand coalition wants to ensure the legally secure use of modern technical aids such as Enable alcolocks. Higher fines are also to be checked.

For the test and use of autonomous vehicles, experimental clauses and exemptions are to be given. By the end of the legislative period, the legal requirements for level 5 autonomous driving should be in place. A digital road law regulates the expansion of traffic telematics and intelligent parking guidance systems.

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