The dignity of the car is inviolable. Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) could wear this as a tattoo.

The German climate goals are – oh surprise – bindingly regulated in the Climate Protection Act. It envisages that greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 65 percent by 2030 compared to 1990. Permissible annual emission levels have been set for individual sectors such as industry, the energy sector or buildings, and of course also for the transport sector.

But instead of doing his job and at least making suggestions on how emissions can be reduced in his area of ​​responsibility, Wissing is now painting the supposed horror scenario of “driving bans” on the wall. He knows how to get the Germans. Or he thinks he knows.

The minister is probably too young to remember, but: November 25, 1973 was the first of four car-free Sundays during the oil crisis, in which the entire Federal Republic was supposed to save energy. In addition, the Energy Security Act at the time stipulated a six-month speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour on motorways and 80 on country roads. The stuff Wissing’s nightmares are made of.

But perhaps Wissing could ask older people? He would then find that they had survived the temporary car waiver, even without any damage. Car-free weekends can be planned well in advance. Then you just stay at home. Or ride a bike, bus, train or train if you urgently need to get out and about. Of course, the challenge is greater in rural areas than in big cities – also because Wissing sees himself first and foremost as a car minister and, in the tradition of his predecessors, neglects public transport.

In any case, you can sometimes get by without a car, even permanently. And even if this is difficult for FDP politicians to imagine: not everyone can afford a car. Some even consciously avoid it. Please? Yes, quite right. Just try it out! Having a new experience every now and then never hurt anyone. Perhaps then Federal Transport Minister Wissing would also realize that the dignity of the car is very much in jeopardy.