Looks like the Autobahn has spawned some apprentices far back in Australia, as from February 2014 a stretch of Australian outback has been derestricted for 120 miles (195 km).
In an initiative aimed at bringing “responsibility back to motorists,” Australia’s Northern Territory transport minister Peter Styles has officially announced that 120 miles of the Stuart Highway will feature no speed limits from February 2014.
Australia is scheduled to become the first country to provide an Autobahn alternative when they will let go of the current 130 km/h (81 mph) speed limit between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek. This will be done for a 12-month trial period, owing the new rule to the fact that no fatalities related to speeding have been recorded between 2001 and 2011 there.
Of course, not all welcome the initiative, as the Australian Automobile Association boss Andrew McKellar said: “It’s gambling with people’s lives… it is absolutely inevitable that people will die as a result.”
While it’s hard to disagree with McKellar, we’ll have to wait and see what comes of the move. One thing’s for sure, though: the next time you go to Australia, make sure you hire the fastest car you can afford and head north. Very fast.