Fighting cars with cars – that is the JSVP's plan, which was discussed in the cantonal parliament on Monday. All parliamentary groups, except for the SVP, are against it, the government wanted to crush the so-called anti-traffic jam initiative without a counter-proposal – but it turned out differently.

Nobody likes to be stuck in traffic jams: During its December session on Monday, the Lucerne canton parliament discussed the JSVP's «anti-traffic jam initiative».

 The & laquo; anti-traffic jam initiative & raquo; is not dead - for fear of the popular voice

“Our endeavors must be geared towards ensuring that all forms of mobility have their place. So that traffic does not come to a standstill in the future, we have to prioritize space-efficient means of transport, “said Daniel Gasser.

 The & laquo; anti-traffic jam-initiative

The initiative even testifies to a” high level of incompetence, of a way of thinking from the 1970s “, was outraged GLP parliamentary group spokesman András Özvegyi.

That's what

    With the “anti-traffic jam initiative”, the JSVP wants to grant the car further special rights.

  • All parties, except the SVP, are against it, the cantonal government wanted to sink the advance without a counter-proposal .

  • At the final vote, however, a bourgeois majority from the FDP, SVP and Mitte surprisingly spoke out in favor of a counter-proposal and refused to bury the initiative directly.

  • The reason: The bourgeois parliamentary groups fear that the people might accept the matter.

  • The cantonal government now has to work out a counter-proposal.

Wherever traffic jams, more space should be created for cars. So more streets, more concrete and more space for the otherwise dominant, smoking tin vehicle. No individual means of transport has as much space and such a broad infrastructure as the car. If you take a street in the city as an example, over 90 percent of public space belongs to drivers. Pedestrians, cyclists and, more recently, e-scooter drivers fight for the rest. But that's not enough for the Junge SVP. With her initiative she wants to put the car above everything else and anchor this in law.

«A way of thinking from the 1970s»

A proposal that therefore met with broad resistance in the other parties: The anti-traffic jam initiative was practically impossible to implement, the FDP railed. The SP whispered that it was not showing solidarity and was only geared towards car traffic. It is unnecessary and wrong. The initiative even testifies to a “high level of incompetence, from a way of thinking from the 1970s”, was outraged GLP parliamentary group spokesman András Özvegyi. He even fears that this will cause more traffic jams and that the initiative would lead the canton to a standstill. And even the middle waved off: “Our endeavors must be geared towards ensuring that all forms of mobility have their place. So that traffic does not come to a standstill in the future, we have to prioritize space-efficient means of transport, ”said Daniel Gasser. And: That is not politics, but pure physics.

Nobody wants this initiative and yet …

Actually a clear thing. And yet the cantonal parliament, with 73 to 41 votes – a bourgeois majority from SVP, FDP and Die Mitte voted in favor – gave the government a relatively surprising mandate to work out a counter-proposal. The profane reason: Apparently the bourgeois parliamentary groups fear being outvoted by the people at the ballot box. Daniel Gasser from the center party: “We see the displeasure of parts of the population that is expressed through this initiative. And with it the danger that the motion at the ballot box could find a majority ». The aim is to minimize this risk with a counter-proposal.

How this counter-proposal should look like remains completely open. It was only stated that car traffic in the counter-proposal should not be disadvantaged and that the individual modes of transport should not be played off against each other.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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