Merkel blocks autobahn speed limit

Autobahns: Motoring nirvana
Autobahns: Motoring nirvana
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted that her government would not try and introduce a speed limit on the autobahns, despite a call from her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners, it has been reported.

The SPD were said to have voted in favour of a 130km/h (80mph) speed limit, arguing it would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But in an interview to be aired today on German ZDF television Mrs Merkel flatly rejected the proposal, saying: ‘This is not going to happen to me’.

'Traffic jams are at least as harmful to the climate as speeding,’ she added.

Many parts of the German autobahn have no speed limits – a fact that is enjoyed by many British car enthusiasts travelling in the country.

Mrs Merkel is said to be in favour of better traffic management systems, suggesting they would be a more effective way of preventing excessive emissions on the motorway.

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  • omohat 30 Oct 2007

    Hold the press!!! Politician in common sense shocker!!!

  • Vipers 30 Oct 2007

    Interesting indeed, just wonder how many of their autobahns are closed day after day after day with incidents as we seem to do in the UK.


  • Ahonen 30 Oct 2007

    Good for her. Always refreshing to hear some common sense.

  • poing 30 Oct 2007

    clap So just how do we persuade her to move into UK politics ? bow

  • hahithestevieboy 30 Oct 2007

    Here here!!

    German autobarns are (if I recall correctly) mostly made of concrete which is much more hardwearing and longlasting than tarmac/bitumen roads requireing less maintanence (even if like on a runway you then cover them in tarmac). Then, when they do break the germans (at night) throw men and machinery at them in order to get the problem solved in a couple of hours minimising disruption.

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