Transport policy

The VDIK voices its transport policy demands on an ongoing basis in talks with the competent departments and also directly to the German government.

Affordable mobility is a prerequisite for stable prosperity and long-term growth. The process of networking of the various transport carriers networking has begun and must be continued. It must take into account the special importance of road transport and the road traffic volume in the country with the highest transit volume in Europe. The fact that well over 80 % of passenger transport takes place on roads reflects the road's preeminent importance for mobility, which is not only a fundamental prerequisite for people's personal freedom of movement but also an important foundation for job security and economic growth. This is why financing for road transport infrastructure is a particularly important aspect of transport policy.

Likewise, the steadily growing revenue from truck tolls and mineral oil taxes have not changed the fact that numerous projects for upgrades, new developments and the closing of gaps have been put on ice, and that even the most urgent maintenance are lacking.

Germany needs a long-term transport policy with more consistent funding for road infrastructure maintenance and development. This should be accomplished not by generating new tax revenue but by redistributing funds in the budget and achieving greater efficiency in the planning, construction and operation of the infrastructure.

Traffic control measures to prevent and reduce traffic jams must be developed and implemented quickly. Future highway construction projects must be tackled in short order and completed in a timely manner. At the same time, municipal road transport infrastructure cannot be neglected either, as it is important not only for individual transport by car, motorcycle and bicycle, but also for public transit by bus, and for the transport of goods using commercial vehicles.

The efforts to rejuvenate the vehicle population, the trading of old vehicles for new ones, must be promoted together with the automobile industry in the best interest of climate protection and transport safety. The German government must always examine the influences of environmental policy decisions on the cost of mobility and weigh them against the interests of the people. Market incentive programs promoting alternative engines are to be implemented in line with the availability of the respective technology, and the required infrastructure must be expanded. In working to meet the climate protection targets, all industries must be treated equally, taking into account the efficiency of the different CO2 reduction measures.

The VDIK wants to support the realization of these principles in a constructive manner and oppose any measures that run counter to the interests of its members and the public in affordable mobility.