Car-Free Sunday: “The Crime of Deprivation of Liberty”


Should there be car-free (Sunday) days to save energy and save the climate? T-Online readers are divided on this question.

In the wake of the energy crisis, savings measures are being considered in many areas of life, including mobility. Speed ‚Äč‚Äčlimits are already on everyone’s lips, now car-free days are also being proposed.

In their pros and cons, T-Online editors Markus Abrahamsik and Christopher Clausen consider the arguments for and against. T-Online readers also have a different opinion.

An empty A8: In the 1970s, there were car-free Sundays due to the oil crisis.  They may return soon.
An empty A8: In the 1970s, there were car-free Sundays due to the oil crisis. There are voices who believe that something like this is possible again. (Source: Imago Image)

“Car-free days plus speed limits, it will be compatible”

“I’m all for it,” he declared Ingo the flu, who are shocked that there were four times more cars on the road 50 years ago than today “Vehicle growth is just terrible for the climate. Car-free days and speed limits would make sense, according to T-Online readers.

“Anyone who lives in the city doesn’t understand that.”

“I live in the country and already have trouble getting to work on public transport during the week; I work shifts,” reveals Angelica arentz.

“For me, the weekend is an opportunity to relax, attend events in another community or city. It shouldn’t be a car-free Sunday. Anyone who lives in a city doesn’t understand that,” she believes.


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“Possible, in town and country.”

Sylvia the grave Wrote: “Employers may well adapt to a declared car-free day. That’s the way it is.” For them, it goes without saying that exceptions are required for certain professional groups. “But many, many others may very well leave the car for a while. They just plan differently and that’s good.”

A T-Online reader believes that car-free days are possible, “in the city and in the country. Most people don’t have to commute every day. I rely on a car, have a long-distance relationship, and still find myself in a position to plan so that I can have a few car-free days.” Can get through the day well.”

Sylvia Graeber is in favor of making the planet habitable. “It’s probably going to take a lot of different measures to come together so we can live well in the long run. In any case, things won’t go on like they used to.”

“The Wishful Thinking of Impractical Romantics”

Hans Joachim Schiersky Looking at it differently: “A car-free Sunday is the wishful thinking of unrealistic romantics and a very short-sighted, populist demand. It’s an impersonality for everyone who has to work on Sunday. And the crime of depriving residents of rural areas of public transport freedom without proper connectivity has almost been fulfilled. .

Furthermore, such a measure would be symbolic, but ultimately a drop in the bucket due to the small savings effect.” Like many readers who responded to our appeal to readers, Hans-Joachim Cheierski considers a speed limit more effective and sensible. “It is at least everyone’s will continue to gain momentum.”

“Unfortunately, Germany is a country of cars.”

“Our existing transport system is outdated, on the verge of collapse in many places and requires new ways of thinking,” said Marcus Utterman, who favor car-free days. “Unfortunately, Germany is a country of cars. We are too attached to the traditional to even think or consider alternatives.”

“Major curtailment of my freedom of movement”

why Annoyed at the demand for car-free days: “As a full-time employee, I feel that it is a huge reduction in my freedom of movement if all driving is not allowed on Sundays. Yes, by train, you can hardly count on having a well-deserved weekend. I don’t always want to mow it in my garden or cycle through the neighborhood.”


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