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FDP proposes national road salt stockpile as shortage looms

DDP/DPA/The Local · 4 Feb 2010, 11:56

Published: 04 Feb 2010 11:56 GMT+01:00

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“The federal government, as the authority of the states, must push for a minimum reserve of salt so that the entire country’s roadways are absolutely passable even in winter situations,” FDP transportation expert Patrick Döring told daily Rheinische Post.

Deputy head of North Rhine-Westphalia’s VSL association for shipping and logistics Sven Kische said welcomed the FDP’s suggestion.

See photos of winter's icy grip on Germany.

“The state must ensure that the street maintenance centres can manage even during long periods of cold,” he told the paper.

The ADAC automobile club also encouraged a salt stockpile.

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“It can’t be that every homeowner has to assume liability for their premises while the streets aren’t salted because the municipalities want to save money,” spokesperson Roman Suthold told the paper.

On Wednesday street salt suppliers told news agency DPA that Germany by mid-January Germany had already used more salt than a typical winter requires and supplies were running out.

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Your comments about this article

18:06 February 4, 2010 by Mr Goodmorning
Are the roads in Germany only cleared by municipal and state departments of public works equipment? That's all I see in the photos of The Local, Spiegel and Deutsche Welle (I've never been in Germany in the winter). Here in New England, the state and municipal DPW fleets are aided by private contractors to plow, salt and sand the roads. Anyone who owns a truck with a plow can contract with the town or state to help clear the roads after a storm. Contractors range from construction companies with large fleets to a sole person with a personal pickup truck and plow. My hometown (Burlington, MA which is 31 sq km and has about 200 km of roadways) uses its municipal fleet and sole contractors to clear its roadways. That way, all the roads are usually fully passable within a few hours of the end of a storm.
18:49 February 4, 2010 by Bushdiver
Personally, I can do without the salt all together. It may help clear ice and snow but it certainly isn't good for your car or shoes.
19:22 February 4, 2010 by Henckel
Here in Michigan, only government operators, in the form of county road commissions, clear the rural roads in winter, while city streets are cleared by similar city services. It appears the same is the case in Germany, which would bew logical considering the historical tendency of such services in Germany to come from above, from government, rather than private initiative.
19:26 February 4, 2010 by majura
Mr Goodmorning

- Yes,

- It's Europe, small/medium cars dominate. Although it'd be damn funny to see a VW Golf or a Smart with a plow on the front.
10:34 February 5, 2010 by michael4096
Where I live in bavaria, farmers - ploughs on the front of tractiors - frequently help with the road clearing after snow but I don't know if they get paid. Perhaps it is part recompense for the mess they invariably make of the roads during the harvest
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