BERLIN - Germany’s network of unrestricted highways is one of the many things that makes the country a mecca for petrolheads.
But high speed runs on the autobahn, as the system of roads is commonly known, almost became a chapter in automotive history recently when the Green Party tried to push a proposal through parliament that would have imposed a speed limit of 130km/h across the entire network.
According to DW.com, Germany’s parliament last week voted against the proposal, with an overwhelming majority of 498 votes against 133. Those in favour had said the speed limit would improve safety as well as traffic flow, while reducing pollution.
Currently about 40 percent of the autobahn is believed to have speed limits, although some of these are only temporary, or weather dependent. What you’ll notice in Germany is that the sections of highway running through cities and other urban stretches tend to have speed limits, which makes perfect sense from a safety perspective, while quieter sections in the countryside tend to be derestricted.
This is not the first time that the lack of speed limits on German highways has become a political hot potato.