Germany refuses to set speed limits on its roads


Germany refuses to set speed limits on its roads, known as the autobahn.
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Germany is the only country in Europe without an official speed limit on the roads, and will continue to be. The German parliament, the Bundestag, this week has rejected a bill that aimed to establish a speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour on highways.

Of the 621 votes cast, 498 rejected the proposal, according to the German media Deutsche Welle. Proponents of the proposal argued that the limits would help prevent accidents, reduce costs for drivers and reduce carbon emissions. However, Germany had already rejected the idea of impose speed limits to lower environmental pollution earlier this year.

Although Germany is known worldwide for its lack of speed limits, this is not exactly true. According to Deutsche Welle, approximately 30% of German roads have a speed limit. In some cases, it depends on a specific situation, such as an area under construction, but in others the limit is fixed and applies all the time. These limits in general are imposed around and within cities.

Some experts claim that the lack of speed limits is due to the power of the country's automobile industry and the good reputation of German cars, which is part of their value proposition. Allow those cars to travel the roads without restrictions “justifies your right to exist"

It is not the first time that it has been proposed to put a speed limit on German roads, and it probably will not be the last. However, for now, the autobahn German will remain a dream for All car lovers who do not live in Germany.

(Deutsche Welle)