Kerstin Haarmann, Chairwoman of the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD), calls on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to give the traffic turnaround more priority.

The chairwoman of the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD), Kerstin Haarmann, has sharply criticized the mobility summit and called on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to make the traffic turnaround a top priority. A majority of representatives of the automotive industry took part in a meeting of the Federal Chancellor, Haarmann criticized in an interview with the editorial network Germany (RND). “Calling this a mobility summit is presumptuous – a misnomer,” she said. “It’s like calling a sports summit and only inviting footballers.”

The future of mobility must be networked and multimodal, Haarmann continued. “Its backbone is public transport with more buses, trains, sharing offers, cycling and walking. Only with these sectors can a climate-protecting turnaround in transport be developed, which at the same time offers many new jobs,” she emphasized. “There is a massive need for decisions and changes here: buses and trains need priority and investments, more digitization and faster planning. Chancellor Scholz should make all of this a top priority,” demanded the VCD boss.