Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer wants more protection for cyclists and pedestrians in road traffic.
When asked by the German Press Agency, the CSU politician said: “We are not only working on a new traffic safety program, but we are investing massively in research into automated and networked driving.” Technical progress in infrastructure and vehicles means active accident prevention. Vehicles should be able to communicate with each other or with the surrounding infrastructure in order to recognize and avoid accident situations at an early stage.
The “Accident Prevention Report Road Traffic 2018/2019” is to be the topic of this Wednesday in the Federal Cabinet. Scheuer said the report shows that road safety measures are working. But every traffic fatality is one too many. “Above all, we want even more protection for cyclists and pedestrians.”
According to the report, the federal government will in all probability miss its target of reducing the number of road deaths by 2020. The 2011 road safety program aimed to reduce the number of road deaths by 40 percent by 2020. According to the report, this goal will not be achieved. Nevertheless, the reduction in the number of fatalities by 24 percent by 2019, not least against the background of increasing traffic volumes, was a “considerable success”.
The Ministry of Transport is working on the next road safety program for the period 2021 to 2030, it said. Cities and municipalities are particularly important when it comes to more protection for pedestrians and cyclists, for example. Therefore, the “Pact for Road Safety” was concluded.
Germany wants to take a leading role internationally in autonomous driving. A new law is intended to create a legal framework that allows autonomous vehicles to drive on public roads in regular operation. The ministry’s draft bill is currently being coordinated by departments. According to the ministry, the law should be passed in the current legislative period.
In 2019, according to the Federal Statistical Office, the number of road deaths was 3,046 – that was an all-time low. In 2011, 4009 people died in traffic. The figures for 2020 are not yet available. There were significantly fewer road fatalities in the first half of the year, but this was also due to the lower volume of traffic due to the corona pandemic.
The transport policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Oliver Luksic, told the German press agency about the new report: “Despite the general increase in traffic, the trend is going in the right direction, now it is important to reduce the numbers even further. In particular, the subject of pedelecs should be the focus. We have to focus consistently on the opportunities offered by automation and digitization, this offers great potential for greater road safety. ”Better vehicle technology will mean fewer accidents, and automated or autonomous driving offers exciting prospects.
The accident prevention report is drawn up every two years and submitted to the German Bundestag. It gives an overview and overview of the road safety policy at national and international level.
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