Auto News Europe has reported that the world famous open speed limit on Germanyâ€™s Autobahns is under threat and surprisingly 60 percent of Germans are apparently in favour of imposing a speed limit.
This time around the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of global warming. It seems that studies undertaken by those mysterious folk who study such things shows that a set speed limit will reduce the CO2 emissions of speeding vehicles by a whopping 5 percent and this will increase to 15 percent as more efficient vehicles are introduced in the long term â€“ which is still only a 5 percent decrease that is attributable to the set speed limit.
Following criticism from â€œLeave the lights on at the mansionâ€ Al Gore for not having set speed limits to reduce CO2 emissions, Germanyâ€™s Social Democrats (SPD) fearful of rising seas recently voted in favour of imposing a 130kmh limit.
The SPD is in coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) which means the non-binding vote has little chance of becoming law because Merkel is firmly against a speed limit.
"There won't be any such patronizing from the CDU. It's another scary proposal from the SPD," said CDU general secretary Ronald Pofalla.
Smells a little like the â€œAnti-open-speed-limit-lobbyâ€ have recruited the environment to further their cause. A bit like busting Al Capone for tax evasion.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]