Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

State transport minister under fire for putting pedal to metal

Share this article

State transport minister under fire for putting pedal to metal
Photo: DPA
13:31 CET+01:00
Several German politicians are calling for the transport minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Oliver Wittke, to step down after temporarily losing his licence for speeding.

It was revealed just this week that Wittke's driving licence was taken away from him for two months after he was caught on camera in November doing 109 kilometres per hour in a municipality where the speed limit was 50.

The transport minister and member of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) had apologized for his driving behaviour and promised to be more careful in the future.

But according to a Saturday article in the mass-market Bild newspaper, voices from various political camps are calling Wittke a bad example and saying he should step down.

"When a transport minister attracts that kind of attention, he doesn't just have a problem, he's got a big problem," said Dirk Fischer, the traffic expert of parliamentary group of Wittke's own CDU party. "In the end, he's supposed to be a guardian of the rules."

The vice chair of the Social Democrats in North Rhine-Westphalia, Jochen Ott, said that everyone is occasionally a little lead-footed in the car, but to get caught on a Friday morning at 8 a.m. at that speed is no small matter.

"Rather, it's irresponsible," he said. "A transport minister as inconsiderate speed demon – that kind of minister is no longer acceptable."

According to those close to the government in North Rhine-Westphalia, Premier Jürgen Rüttgers is not plan to fire Wittke, although the minister did have a "giant problem" on his hands and would be watched carefully.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

Ranked among the world's best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement