Autobahn speed limit proposal voted out of German Parliament
For those who have watched The Grand Tour and laughed about the Greens Party's smog alert, well, we can laugh again. The Greens Party had proposed speed restrictions in the unrestricted speed section of the Autobahn.
The Greens backed up their proposal with putting forth the argument of emissions, safety and – this is my personal favourite – traffic flow improvement.
The Bundestag (German Parliament), put the proposal to vote and out of the 631 total members, 498 voted against the motion.
I reckon all petrolheads are happy with is because, not only does Germany produce some of the best engineered cars in the world, the Autobahn network allows these machines to stretch their legs within the law. I wonder whether the vote involved some sort of German 'national identity' as the Autobahn is unique to the country.
Also, it is important to take into account whether the Autobahn poses an economic benefit beyond speedy travel. You only have to visit YouTube or car websites like DriveTribe to see that petrolheads travel from far and wide to drive the Autobahn, and in doing so pump money into businesses along the unrestricted roads. Whether it be hotels, restaurants, or service stations, there must be some level of contribution that would be jeopardised by the speed restrictions.