Germany threatened by traffic overload

Germany is threatened by a “traffic infarction,” unless measures are taken to regulate heavy truck transportation, Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee warned Tuesday.

Germany threatened by traffic overload
Your German word of the day: 'Stau,' which means 'traffic jam.' Photo: DPA

“A traffic infarction is a credible scenario, if we do not react in time,” Tiefensee told the business daily Handelsblatt.

He proposed investing €10 billion ($16 billion) next year in road, rail and water transport infrastructures.

“On the most heavily used axes, we should have eight- or ten-lane autobahns,” the transport minister said.

He also suggested a toll for tractor-trailor trucks, but insisted that German motorways must remain free for passenger cars.