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In Germany there can be a big change in traffic from summer

Autostrada, Germany

German Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing has warned that starting this summer, there could be traffic bans for all vehicles on weekends across the country if the Climate Protection Act does not come into force by at the latest mid July.

In a letter to the parliamentary groups of the German government, Wissing called for the urgent approval of this law in the Bundestag, the Mirror writes.

The law provides that compliance with future climate goals will be checked for each area separately.

"The law has been pending since September 22, 2023, and the fact that it is not yet in force creates significant legal and factual uncertainty, which serves neither the climate nor the reputation of the federal government," Wissing said.

If the law does not enter into force by July 15, the Federal Ministry of Digitalization and Transport is obliged to present the program that ensures the annual level of emissions in accordance with the climate goals from the transport sector. This means that on weekends there would be no vehicles on the road.

Under the Climate Protection Act, Germany must reduce emissions by 65 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

In particular, the transport sector has not met the set objectives.

Minister Wissing has said that banning vehicles on weekends would have an impact on the supply chain and tourism.

"It would be difficult to tell people that they can only use the car five days a week, even though we generally achieve climate protection goals," he said.

Germany banned the circulation of vehicles on Sundays in 1973.

The oil crisis of 1973 was one of the biggest shocks Germany experienced. It lasted only a month.