Leaving aside the discussion about emissions and safety: it would be a huge loss if Germany introduces a maximum speed over the entire Autobahn. It’s not like you cross the border every week to blow a pot full, but it’s nice to see at least once what your beloved gaze can do without legal restrictions. Unfortunately, the unlimited Autobahn has been under attack for some years now.
Especially the political party De Groenen (The Greens) would like them to drive no faster than 130 km/h throughout the country. She is particularly bothered by the CO2 emitted by cars at a rapid pace. Previous attempts to enter a speed limit have been unsuccessful. The Greens not only want a speed of 130 km/h, but also an increase in fuel taxes from 6 to 16 cents per liter.
An important year for the speed limit in Germany
The measures are part of the election program. Annalena Baerbock, who is in the race to become the chancellor, is fighting for the measures. She can count on a lot of resistance from the opposing parties, even from the left, who think that the increase in excise duties is unfair for people who are less fortunate.
Average speed is already 117 km/h
According to chancellor-candidate Armin Laschet of the CDU party, it is nonsensical. He believes that the average speed on the highways is already 117 km/h, and that it makes no sense to introduce a maximum. He believes that the focus should be on technology to reduce emissions, reports Automobilwoche.
The elections will take place in September this year. Merkel will resign anyway, after 16 years. The CDU (Merkel’s party) and the Greens are the two largest parties and are thus diametrically opposed on this issue. If the Greens are elected, it will not necessarily mean the end of the Autobahn as we know it, but it will be at stake.