All changes invalid for eleven years?

In April of this year, an amendment to the StVO came into force, only to be suspended again a short time later. Because of formal errors, from the point of view of lawyers, all changes for eleven years could now be invalid.

New excitement about the road traffic regulations: From the point of view of lawyers, the road traffic regulations have been invalid for many years. This is reported by the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”, citing an internal assessment by the Baden-Württemberg justice department.

Rapid examination requested

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport asked the Federal Ministry of Transport in a letter for a quick check. The letter was available to the German Press Agency on Thursday. The ADAC stated that it did not share the assessment of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Justice.

The Federal Ministry of Transport did not initially receive a statement. Due to a formal error, the list of fines of the new road traffic regulations (StVO) that came into force at the end of April was overridden by the federal states. The main thing is tougher penalties for speeders. The federal states and Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) are fighting for a new regulation.

With the new StVO, the so-called citation requirement of the Basic Law was violated: When a regulation is issued, it must be stated on which legal basis the regulator acted.

As the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport has now written to the Federal Ministry of Transport, there may have been violations of the citation requirement in previous amendments to the StVO. Reference is made to an assessment by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Justice. This was also available to the dpa.

Allegation: legal basis insufficiently cited

Specifically, the regulation on the revision of the road traffic regulations of March 6, 2013 only insufficiently cited a legal basis. The ordinance amending road traffic regulations of August 5, 2009 is also void due to a violation of the citation requirement. This would mean that the legal position valid until August 31, 2009 would have to be applied.

The ADAC takes a different view. At that time, the new version of the StVO 2013 was made precisely for the purpose of creating a legally secure regulation based on earlier citation errors. “In our opinion, all relevant authorization bases are correctly listed there.” In the past seven years, according to ADAC research, no court decisions had been published that raised concerns about the citation requirement in the StVO. “Therefore, we cannot confirm an error in the new decree of the StVO 2013.”

The FDP member of the Bundestag and transport expert Oliver Luksic said that if the view of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Justice were correct, this would be an “unexpected bureaucracy failure”.

In the dispute over the formal error in the new road traffic regulations, it is controversial whether initially only the formal error should be corrected – that’s what the Greens want. In contrast, Union-led and SPD-led countries and Scheuer want the tougher penalties for speeders to be mitigated. They see the new driving ban rules as disproportionate and warn of possible constitutional risks. A way out of the impasse has been struggling for weeks.


ADAC welcomes revision of the new StVO

Dhe ADAC welcomed plans from Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) to partially revise the new road traffic regulations. “In particular, speeding violations are punished disproportionately hard,” said traffic president Gerhard Hillebrand on Friday of the German press agency. “With the new regulation, the tried and tested differentiation into light, medium and gross traffic violations was lost, and with it the balance of fines, points and driving bans was lost. Here a strong differentiation makes sense. “

According to information from the German Press Agency, the ministry is working on the revision of part of the catalog of fines. Above all, it is about the rule that a driving ban is now in danger for a month if you drive 21 kilometers per hour too fast in urban areas or 26 km / h out of town. This regulation is “disproportionate”, the Ministry said.

The changes to the traffic regulations came into force at the end of April. In February, the Federal Council tightened Scheuer’s bill on many points, including the rule on driving bans for speeders. Scheuer had nevertheless put the amended regulation into effect – the alternative would have been to withdraw it entirely. The focus of the new road rules is actually better protection for cyclists, especially in cities.

in the On Friday morning, the Bundestag is debating applications from the AfD and the FDP demanding changes to the catalog of fines. The FDP traffic politician Oliver Luksic welcomed Scheuer’s turn. Impending driving bans should be avoided if the speed limit exceeded 21 km / h once in a city and 26 km / h outside the city. The “driving license trap for millions of drivers” must be abolished.

In a letter from Luksic to Scheuer earlier this week, the FDP politician wrote that many of the adjustments made made sense and were in part long overdue. “With a few, however, I miss measure and middle.” The letter was in the dpa.


Top meeting of the federal government on the Lufthansa rescue

ÜA state-of-the-art crisis meeting is scheduled for early next week about state aid for the battered Lufthansa. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD), Minister of Economy Peter Altmaier (CDU), Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr want to negotiate a rescue package. This was reported by the DPA news agency. The “Bild” newspaper had previously reported that such a top meeting was planned shortly.

The bailout package is worth nine to ten billion euros, government circles said. However, there is still controversy in the federal government in what form the federal government is helping Lufthansa and how much say politicians have in the event of a temporary state participation. In government circles it was said that Lufthansa should not be dragged from all sides, the situation was already dramatic enough.

Massively affected

Lufthansa is severely affected by the corona crisis. Spohr has already prepared the airline’s employees for tough times. Lufthansa is not the only airline that needs state aid.

Lufthansa competitor Air France KLM also receives massive public aid in the form of state guarantees and loans of up to 11 billion euros. France and the Netherlands hold shares in the company.

In the case of Lufthansa, the question is also what form the state could take part in. An entry as a shareholder or as a silent partner is conceivable. As the F.A.Z. reported in its Saturday edition, citing industry insiders, that the state rescue package for Lufthansa is already in place. It could be finished in the coming week.


Because of Corona: Are there emergency services for bus companies?

All buses in the yard, no holidaymakers in sight: For many coach operators, the corona slack is threatening. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) is now planning emergency aid for the badly battered bus industry, as the news agency DPA reports based on information from government circles.

The situation of the medium-sized sector is considered to be dramatic due to the drastic restrictions. The buses were “set to zero”, passenger traffic and bus tourism came to a complete standstill, it said. Coaches would no longer be able to drive, and school transport is also likely to slow down again.

Bus costs half a million euros

For many companies, this is a threat to their existence. No vehicle tax currently has to be paid, insurance contributions can also be deferred – but the fixed costs remain. This involves so-called maintenance costs. So loans would still have to be repaid. Many bus companies have converted their fleet to modern and environmentally friendly vehicles in the past, the purchase of a new coach cost between 400,000 and 500,000 euros.

That is why many companies are “massive in chalk”, it said in the government circles. The Ministry of Transport is therefore working on a funding program to relieve the companies of the maintenance costs. The volume has not yet been determined.

In a sector survey, one in four companies feared that the slump in business would only last four weeks. According to their own estimates, around 60 percent remain afloat for three months, as the Federal Association of German Bus and Coach Operators announced.

“The bus industry in Germany is on the ground,” said Federal Managing Director Christiane Leonard. “We receive news of business tasks every day.” Quick help is needed. The previous government bailout measures for the economy were not sufficient. The association calls for subsidies, tax breaks and an “exit strategy” for medium-sized companies so that trips can be planned again.

In distress

A resolution of the bus tourism industry said that private bus tourism companies are aware of their responsibility that the health of customers and bus drivers is a top priority. Since the beginning of the corona spread in Europe, the situation has become more dramatic every day. In the meantime, many of the almost 3,000 private, mostly family-run bus companies are in distress. Bus tourism is the sector most affected. A comprehensive wave of cancellations had already started at the beginning of March. Since the ban on bus travel on March 17, the number of bookings has been zero.

“This makes it currently impossible in the short season to refinance the high up-front payments and the immense running costs, for example for vehicle purchases,” it said. Due to the continuing uncertainty, customers are now canceling trips far into the future. According to a current survey, revenue losses in the tens of billions could threaten if the booking declines continued.


This is how the crisis could change our economic life

SCoronavirus has been paralyzing Germany for more than a month. Many companies had already sent their employees home in mid-March, shortly afterwards politics closed shops and restaurants and prohibited all private travel. Even if the restrictions are now loosened somewhat, small and medium-sized shops are reopened, and the first young people are allowed to go to school – there will be no return to normal quickly. And in some areas, economic life could change permanently – for good and for bad. An outlook.

Holidays only where you can come back by train if necessary

In Corona times, the train is superior to the plane: Deutsche Bahn still runs three quarters of the ICE and IC. However, the number of passengers has shrunk to 10 to 15 percent of the normal level. Air traffic, on the other hand, has come to a complete standstill. Will travelers return to old ways after the Corona crisis? Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) is convinced that the behavior of business travelers will change fundamentally, so that more appointments will continue to be handled via telephone or video conferences.


Car toll affair: letter confirms allegation against scouring

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Letter confirms allegation of scouring in toll affair

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Suspected legal violations: A letter from 2019 puts the Minister of Transport in trouble

Source: dpa / Julian Stratenschulte

According to the Federal Audit Office, the Minister of Transport Scheuer should have violated public procurement law when it came to the car toll. A letter from the Telekom subsidiary T-Systems suggests that the Ministry has been tricked.

I.n the affair of the failed car toll, new documents substantiate the accusation made by the Federal Audit Office against Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) of a violation of core provisions of public procurement law. In February 2019, a manager from the Telekom subsidiary T-Systems complained in a letter to the Federal Ministry of Transport that T-Systems did not inform about changes in the requirements for private operators during the contract negotiations on the car toll collection in autumn 2018 had been.

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Specifically, the letter, which is available to WELT AM SONNTAG, states that the use of paying agents for the truck toll was initially ruled out in the contract negotiations on the car toll, but was later permitted to the operator consortium of the companies Kapsch and Eventim that was ultimately selected without T-Systems as a bidder having been informed of this change in conditions. “If we had also been given the opportunity to use the toll station infrastructure and toll station terminals for the truck toll, we would in all likelihood have made a final offer for the car toll,” the letter said.

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Instead, however, T-Systems, which dropped out of car tolls in October 2018, would have had to assume that the ministry would ask for its own terminal network to be set up for car tolls. “This requirement and the associated investments and risks were a key factor in our decision not to submit a final offer,” the T-Systems manager wrote to the ministry. Since T-Systems, as a co-bidder, was not informed about the options that would later be opened for Kapsch / Eventim, the letter speaks of suspected violations of law by the Ministry. The letter ends with the sentence that T-Systems “reserves the right to claim damages.”

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After criticism of Adidas: CEO apologizes

From stock market darling to bogeyman: Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted.

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After the announcement that it would not pay the rent for closed shops, the sporting goods manufacturer was criticized. Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted is now apologizing. It is questionable whether that is enough.

DThe controversy about deferral of rent can no longer catch Kasper Rorsted. Last weekend, the CEO of Adidas became the nation’s bogeyman. He of all people: darling of the stock exchange, face of a sports and fun brand with a claim to social, social and ecological responsibility – far from any conflict world, even if the company is a major sponsor of shady sports organizations such as FIFA. Now the radiance of the three stripes, always good for maximum attention, has become a boomerang for the 58 year old Dane.

Rüdiger Kohn

Rorsted, CEO of Herzogenaurach since October 2016 and successor to today’s FC Bayern Munich President Herbert Hainer, has come to the realization that a lot has gone wrong in terms of communication technology in recent days. He misjudged the reactions, which Adidas started with the admittedly shortened and sometimes even misrepresented rental payment freeze to landlords. In retrospect, he will have to ask himself whether he was not premature or even made the wrong decision to take this drastic measure as a cost emergency brake after the shutdown.


Politicians criticize Adidas – Twitter users call for boycott

Adidas store in Berlin

The company does not want to pay rent for its stores in April.

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new York The announcement of Adidas to stop paying rent for its stores due to the corona crisis has met with little understanding among politicians and the general public. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) said the “picture”: “I am disappointed with Adidas. I am very disappointed. ”The announcement of the group is a completely unacceptable message, said Scheuer. Adidas has made huge profits in the past few years. “It is not only the large real estate facilities, but also small ones that rent to Adidas as private individuals – and which then remain at their own expense,” said Scheuer.

In addition to the sporting goods manufacturer, retail chains such as Deichmann and H&M as well as competitor Puma have also discontinued the rental payments. Adidas refers to the lack of sales as stores worldwide are closed. Deichmann spoke of a “preventive measure to maintain the company’s ability to act economically”.

The criticism is directed primarily against the sporting goods manufacturer. Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is also outraged: “If financially strong companies simply no longer pay their rents, this is indecent and unacceptable,” she said on Saturday in Berlin.

The Corona Aid Laws provide no basis for this. It continues to apply: “Of course, tenants have to pay their rent. If they actually experience serious payment difficulties as a result of the crisis, they can only be terminated for a limited period. “

Courts could check whether the prerequisites for this exist, Lambrecht added. Tenants are well advised to look for a friendly solution with their landlords if they are actually experiencing payment difficulties.

Calls for boycott

The hashtags #Adidas, #AdidasBoykott and #NiemehrAdidas became popular on Twitter this weekend. Many Twitter users were outraged by the announcement of the group and partially called for the boycott of the sporting goods manufacturer.

The two SPD MEPs Katarina Barley and Timo Wölken also announced on Twitter that they will boycott Adidas from now on. “As a global corporation with a profit of 3.2 billion, exploiting a protection rule for tenants in need of existence is shabby,” Barley wrote on Twitter. Wölken tweeted that the behavior of the sporting goods manufacturer was “under all sow”.

With agency material.

More: Double drama: Adidas and Nike have to close shops and do without events


Can Germany feed itself?

A wooden box with local vegetables
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Whether pasta, oranges or goji berries: Corona makes it difficult to import food. It is now becoming clear whether we can – and want to – supply ourselves regionally.

EIt is a question that many people in this country have never had to ask themselves: could Germany provide itself with food if necessary? As a developed industrial nation, we have gotten used to finding almost every conceivable product on the supermarket shelf in every season. The thought that this might not be the case was absurd a few days ago. But the corona virus has made many seemingly unthinkable scenarios a reality.

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The shelves in the supermarket are usually still well stocked, only a few products are out of stock. But these days, Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU) makes no secret of the fact that the supply chains no longer function properly. “We are well supplied with domestic food,” she said this week in Berlin – with the emphasis on “domestic”. Countries like Vietnam, the third largest travel exporter, have imposed export restrictions on agricultural products. In Spain, where Germany usually obtains a lot of fruit and vegetables, many harvest helpers stay at home because of the extensive curfew. Added to this are the logistical hurdles that arise from closed borders and quarantine regulations. But all of this could also be an opportunity, said Klöckner. Consumers would get a different awareness of food from Germany. “We see that the demand for potatoes is increasing.” The supply of basic food is assured – she emphasized this several times. “We won’t starve.”


Good thing we have the car

Bwas recently own car ugh. It was hostile to climate protectors and declared a phase-out model by mobility researchers. SUV drivers should be ashamed of themselves, owners of old diesels should leave their vehicle as soon as possible. German cities have long been cutting more and more lanes for cars and making space for cyclists. In short: driving should be restricted as much as possible for the sake of the climate.

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Gasoline and diesel will not become environmentally friendly overnight, and the ecological balance of electric cars also raises questions. But in the middle of the Corona crisis, the benefits of having your own car are rediscovered. The private car no longer only stands for independent mobility and driving pleasure, but also offers a feeling of safety. Unlike in local public transport, where many people are traveling in a confined space.

Business trip by car

In your own car you can temporarily isolate yourself from the environment and at least reduce the risk of contracting the virus outdoors in public spaces. For this reason, companies have advised their employees to go on essential business trips alone or in pairs by car than among many people on the train.

And even those who feel sick or have had contact with an infected person and therefore have to undergo a corona test are best off with their own car. In the event of suspicion, people are given an appointment by the responsible health authority to drive up and have a smear from the oral cavity from the car.

All of this applies at least until a possible curfew is introduced as it already exists in other countries. Then the question is largely obsolete. Public transport is already manageably full because many professionals are currently working in the home office. Because many leisure events are also canceled, people are generally less on the go and if they prefer, they prefer the car.

Cheap fuel

In addition to the higher feeling of safety, there is also the fact that driving has become quite cheap. Fuel prices have dropped significantly in recent weeks. At the beginning of the year, a liter of Super E10 still cost 1.43 euros, according to the “Clever Tanken” consumer portal it is currently only 1.25 euros on average, i.e. 18 cents less. At currently 1.125 euros per liter, diesel is actually 19 cents cheaper than at the turn of the year.

Diesel was so cheap on average last in early 2016, when the crude oil price of the North Sea Brent had dropped to $ 27 a barrel (159 liters). At just under $ 26 a barrel, it currently costs even less and just a little over a third of what was due in early January. The drop in prices is fortunate for consumers and drivers alike, but a misfortune for producers and the petroleum industry.

The background to the low oil and thus fuel price is Opec’s disagreement with Russia, which has been closely coordinated with the oil cartel led by Saudi Arabia since the end of 2016. Neither the Saudis nor the Russians want to give in to the price war that has just started. Also because they put pressure on the more expensive producing shale oil companies from America and want to secure market shares for themselves. “It’s about being credibly ruthless,” said John Roe, fund manager at Legal & General Investment Management.

Hamster fuel like pasta, canned food and toilet paper is hardly possible for drivers. “In theory, that’s a good idea, practically hardly feasible,” says Steffen Bock, managing director of “Clever Tanken”. For safety reasons, only small fuel stocks are allowed: In private vehicles, a maximum of 240 liters of fuel may be taken, and that in approved reserve canisters of a maximum of 60 liters. There are also maximum limits in the home garage: a maximum of 20 liters of gasoline and up to 200 liters of diesel. The containers must also be well secured so that inflammable vapors cannot escape. “Clever refueling” and the ADAC point out to motorists that there are good and bad times to refuel. “The fluctuations are relatively high,” says Bock. According to ADAC, the cheapest fuel is usually between 6 and 10 p.m.