Speed limit talk on “Stern TV”
DUH wants Tempo 100 – and donated the signs
By Marko Schlichting
04/26/2022, 10:13 am (updated)
Since Sunday evening there has been “Stern TV” on RTL twice a week. This time, the participants take on a hot topic, among other things: 100 km/h on the Autobahn. The demands of the German environmental aid.
The broadcaster RTL is continuing its information offensive. After two test broadcasts, the second weekly edition of “Stern TV” was launched on Sunday evening. “Stern TV am Sonntag” will be presented alternately by two presenters in the future: Dieter Könnes or Steffen Hallaschka. Könnes has successfully moderated numerous programs at WDR, Hallaschka took over the moderation of the Wednesday edition of “Stern TV” eleven years ago from his colleague Günther Jauch.
“Stern TV am Sonntag” deals with the most exciting topics of the last few days. The moderator discusses this with three guests each. On Sunday, the spectators also have the floor. You can vote on the individual topics using your smartphone.
It’s about the environment
One of the topics in the first regular Sunday broadcast: a demand from the German Environmental Aid. She wants a clear speed limit with a maximum speed of 100 km/h on the motorway, 80 on country roads and 30 in cities and communities. The demand presented by the head of communications for environmental aid, Mathias Walter, on “Stern TV” is controversial. Only in Spain is there a 30 km/h in inner cities, and 100 km/h on the motorway only in the Netherlands and Norway. Equally controversial, however, is the regulation not to demand speed limits on motorways. In addition to Germany, this applies to three other countries: Somalia, Myanmar and North Korea.
Mathias Walter can justify his claim well. It’s about the climate. He says: “You could save over nine million tons of CO2 every year.” Sounds like a lot at first. But when it comes to fuel consumption, this regulation would result in savings of just five to seven percent. That’s a lot, says Walter on “Stern TV am Sonntag,” and he should be told how more savings could be made. The three guests who have been invited as experts are at a loss. Unfortunately, no one carpools.
“We have to go down everywhere”
According to Walter, a speed limit on the Autobahn has three advantages: lower fuel consumption, less pollution, and fewer accidents. “We have to go down everywhere,” says Walter. In a clip, a viewer rejects the last argument. If you drive more slowly on the Autobahn, you are underwhelmed and would rather pick up your cell phone to look at it. Then you are less careful, and significantly more accidents could occur. The viewer points out another disadvantage: Because loaded trucks would also take much longer to bring goods from one place to another, problems could arise in the supply chains.
Cabaret artist Serdar Somuncu, one of the show’s regular guests, is also bothered by the demand: “It’s also about how competitive it can be. We have to move on somehow. I don’t think we’re at a point in Germany where For example, the train is competitive with the car.” Speed limit – Somuncu basically says “yes” to that. But 100 km/h on the Autobahn is too slow for him. Like the Greens, he advocates a limit of 130 km/h.
However, Mathias Walter insists on his demand: “For most people, that means slowing down a bit,” he says on “Stern TV am Sonntag”. “It’s a small incision.”
“These racers scare me”
Fashion designer Harald Glööckler can get a lot out of a speed limit. He is also one of the talk guests and experts on “Stern TV am Sonntag”. Some time ago he survived a collision with a truck and says: “These speeders who drive past you at 200 or 300 really scare me. I don’t think they all have their cars under control.” He is also in favor of a speed limit. But he also finds the demands of the German Environmental Aid to be too “rigid”.
In a recent survey, the majority of the population spoke out in favor of a temporary speed limit of 130 km/h on motorways. The viewers of “Stern TV am Sonntag”, on the other hand, do not agree at all with the environmental aid’s proposals. Only 13 percent support it, 87 percent oppose it. Even if the proposals seem too massive, Mathias Walter finally makes an offer that is not easy to resist: whatever the speed limit may look like, environmental aid provides the necessary traffic signs.
(This article was first published on Monday, April 25, 2022.)