German Parliament Rejects Proposal To Slap Speed Limits On Autobahn

The German parliament has shot down a proposal by the country’s Green Party to introduce a 130 km/h (80 mph) speed limit on unrestricted sections of the Autobahn.

Gizmodo reports that the proposal was taken to the Bundestag (that’s the German parliament) for a vote, where it was rejected by a vast majority. In fact, no less than 498 of a total 631 votes were cast against the proposal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had already rejected the idea of placing speed limits on unrestricted portions of the Autobahn earlier this year. Similarly, transportation minister Andreas Scheuer canceled a meeting to discuss the recommendations.

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According to the Green Party, it knew opposition from the governing coalition would be so strong that the proposal would be rejected. However, Green Party member Cem Özdemir told German public broadcaster ARD that the party often makes proposals like this without mainstream support in the belief that they will slowly gain popularity and support over time.

Anyone who has driven on the Autobahn will tell you that it is an automotive enthusiast’s paradise. Nowhere else on continental Europe are there such large sections of de-restricted motorway, so it’s something unique to Germany. The Green Party cited safety as one of the main reasons why it wanted to impose speed limits. Some had also suggested that imposing limits could help reduce the country’s carbon footprint significantly, a claim that was rebuffed by Germany’s Environment Ministry.

  • zack77

    Good work German politicians. Ignore the green lunatics, who just want to spread their misery around.

    • TheBelltower

      I’m all for green policies. But not for things that slow down traffic and keep more cars on the roadways for longer. If we really want to be green, keep cars moving and get them on-and-off the roads faster.

  • samurai

    The best way is already implemented on some Autobahns: Eletronic Speed signs. If there is a lot of traffic or dangerous stuff on the road, the electronic signs can regulate the speed limit. But if you alone on the road in the night it’s great to have the possibillity to drive faster, so you don’t risk to fall asleep using cruise control on slow speed for 3h hours, but get to your goal in under 2 hours

    • Super Rob

      In America they could raise the speed limits by 10mph on the highways at night without any problems. The highways are made for much higher speeds than we currently have. From 10pm to 5am they could get people to travel at night instead of during the day helping traffic.

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