Pro & contra: should car ads get warnings like cigarettes do?

Should car ads get warnings like those for cigarettes?

Yes, says Alan Posener

DIE WELT photo shoot 2018 Alan Posener on 28.06.2018 Photo: Claudius Pflug

At the beginning of the pandemic, I lent my car to a family that needed it more and switched to an electric bike. I did not see my car again. A great experience. I look better, feel fitter and enjoy going shopping. Since then, however, I see transportation planning differently. Being determines consciousness, and where as a car driver I scolded about the bike lane, as a cyclist I recognize its meaning, or scold in my turn when it is missing.

I also have nothing against warning labels on car advertising, as France has now decided to do in analogy to labels on cigarette packages. They are superfluous, because one buys anyway soon fewer cars. I do car sharing, get when I need a car, a horny VW ID4.

However, warning notices do not harm anyone and give car manufacturers the good feeling of doing something for the environment. They also provide material for commentary and claims for parties seeking to resent motorists. What’s not to like?

The author lives in the suburbs. He mainly needs the car to drive the cat to the vet. It has something against the bus.

No, says Rainer Marx

Rainer Marx

A toilet brush is not meant for personal hygiene. But could think. That’s why they warn against it specifically – in the U.S., the land of unlimited warnings. There you can also read “This product moves” on scooters, cell phones are warned not to dry them in the microwave. The examples are legion. But now come the French.

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Warnings on wine bottles already exist, as well as on too salty and too sweet food. For motor homes over 3.5 tons driving in France, since 2021 there is an obligation to indicate the blind spot by means of three stickers on the vehicle. Honestly. The latest regulation: car advertising only with warning notice. For the sake of the climate.

You could also take the public transport, the wheel. And the success of such actions? Is extremely controversial. Warnings about obvious consequences and dangers are no more than fig leaves for politics or business. And they encourage a creeping dulling of the mind.

Our author’s favorite warning comes from a US bathtub manufacturer and reads: “Avoid drowning!”

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