Germany proposed Autobahn speed limits of 130 km/h image

The Green and Social Democratic parties in Germany have recently proposed a speed limit of 130 km/h (80 mph) for the Autobahns.

Germany is going through some tough times these days and after the famous track Nurburgring is close to a bankruptcy because of high debts, a measure proposed by the Green and Social Democratic parties is aiming the Autobahns and petrol heads. According to the local media, the two parties have proposed a limit on the Autobahns of 130 km/h or 80 mph, hoping that the famous roads will become safer and also reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses made by motorists. The idea isn’t supported by Germans and according to a survey, 82 percent are against the speed limit.

Germany’s network of Autobahns has a total length of 12,800 km (8,000 miles) and it was ranked as the fifth longest highway in the world, behind the US Interstate Highway System, the Chinese National Trunk Highway System, the Canadian Trans-Canada Highway and the Spanish motorways. In 1933, after the Nazis took over, Adolf Hitler has embraced the ambitious Autobahn construction project and appointed Fritz Todt as Inspector General of German Road Construction and three years later, 130,000 workers were employed in the construction.

  • Peter

    The Greens and a handful of others have been proposing – or trying to propose – this since the late 70’s – yes: Seventies! What the 2nd Amendment is to Americans, the Autobahn with no speed limit is to Germans a birthright.
    BTW: not the entire length is without speed limit. Speeds are reduced to 80 km/h (50 mph) around metropolitan areas for nose abatement.