Gunter zankl is very fond of technical progress. On the roof of his garage there is a small photovoltaic system, which generates enough electricity to open and close the garage door electrically. Last spring, the pensioner wanted to take a definitive step into the future and buy an electric car. Only: there is a tangible problem, which initially nips the idea in the bud.
The problem is within sight of his home in kitzingen's alemannenstrabe: dozens of garages built by the city are located there, all of which have one rather decisive disadvantage: they are not connected to the power supply. So the man from kitzingen thought: i'll set up a charging station on my own property and drive up by car to load it up.
So far, so bad. Because the pensioner is only allowed to park in front of his property for a short time, a maximum of 15 minutes, for loading and unloading – and even that only with a special permit. It is not even possible to think of several hours needed for charging the car. Reason: the area in question is signposted as a pedestrian way, therefore parking is expressly forbidden. This was done deliberately, the planning concept was only to have sidewalks instead of streets to keep traffic out of the area.
But the former teacher came up with an idea: if the streets were designated as traffic-calmed areas instead of sidewalks, this would also allow cars to be parked for longer periods of time. "In times of climate crisis and energy transition, it must be possible to find a solution", the pensioner thought to himself and turned to the city administration with his request. For the not few residents of the frankenweg and parts of the alemannenstrabe a solution could be found.But did not find. The city of kitzingen made it clear in its letter of reply: in order to park his possible electric car for several hours in front of the house in alemannenstrabe 84, it needs "a special use, which requires the permission of the municipality". Then comes the decisive sentence: "unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with such a permit." Not least because it "sets a precedent" which the city wants to avoid at all costs.
Press spokeswoman claudia biebl emphasizes in response to a question from this newspaper that the city must be careful "to create solutions that can be applied throughout the city and not create individual solutions for each street".
Charging stations not an option
The no from the town hall was also clear for reasons of content: "preferential treatment within the framework of road and street law does not result from the environmental friendliness of an electric car"." Then comes the reference to the publicly accessible charging stations in the city, for example at the old hospital, in the schwalbenhof, in the old burgstrabe and in front of the landratsamt (see graphic). Only: for gunter zankl, that's exactly out of the question: what should he do somewhere in the city, watching hour after hour as the car batteries slowly charge up?? And walking home in the meantime is not an option, especially for older people.
Even the suggestion to make the sidewalks a traffic-calmed area was wiped out by the city: this would not be possible "because of the narrowness of the streets and would not change the purpose as a street, which in turn contradicts the parking for the loading process".
After the city's rejection, gunter zankl went to a lawyer for advice – but they couldn't give him much hope either. But at least there was a hint that the electromobility law (emog) does grant advantages to electric vehicles in terms of parking on public roads and allowing exceptions.
Head shaking and lack of understanding
Gunter zankl had almost buried the dream of an electric car – shaking his head. Due to the – from his point of view – rigid attitude of the city, "most of the residents of alemannenstrabe and frankenweg are excluded from electric mobility". He still cannot understand this. But he didn't want to give up either: the 77-year-old brought the greens on board. He found a supporter in county councilwoman christa buttner, whose opinion was that "it would be very possible to extend the permitted loading and unloading time of about 15 minutes to two hours for loading electric cars".
But the people of kitzingen did not want to wait any longer either. A few weeks ago, he traded in his gasoline-powered car for a hybrid in order to finally "drive electrically in a climate-friendly way". The electric car is charged sometimes at his daughter's and sometimes in the city at public columns – so it is exactly the situation he wanted to avoid. The pensioner still can't come to terms with this: "this can't be a final solution!"