The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) reacts moderately to the written inquiry of the liberals regarding light transport.
BMVI has already answered the question (no. 19/4333) of the parliamentary group of the FDP (Free Democratic Party) on the so-called „Polensprinters” – reports the German transport portal eurotransport.de.
According to Christian Jung, a member of the Bundestag and the FDP rapporteur on the transport of goods and logistics, the Ministry’s reply „shows its ignorance”. The government admitted that buses up to 3.5 t with a place to sleep have a negative impact on the logistics industry, due to the high price pressure. Despite this, he refused to introduce the obligation of a digital tachograph to all commercial vehicles, regardless of their GVW – reports the German industry portal.
The answer of the Ministry to the FDP question about how many vehicles are up to 3.5 t move around Germany and how many such vans are registered in the country, was that „there is a lack of reliable information, and the government does not predict or conduct any research in this area.”
Also in terms of the threat posed by these cars, there is no response.
The federal government does not have any information on this subject,” the ministry wrote. This type of vehicle is not a separate category of research.
FDP will not stop the fight
According to Jung, increasing the controls of vans with a sleeper will not bring any effects. Why? Because this type of vehicles is not subject to any restrictions – explains the FDP MP.
Jung also announced that the FDP, as an opposition, will continue to demand the introduction of stricter rules for light transport.
The problem is too important both in terms of traffic hazards, as well as from the point of view of economics and its impact on the logistics industry – Jung emphasized.
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