If you’ve always dreamed of accelerating your Benz to 200 km/h on one of Germany’s autobahns (and doing it legally), you might want to start making your travel plans. Because, from the looks of it, the days of the speed demons’ reign over the road there may be numbered.
My uncle Klaus is no doubt disappointed by this news.
A poll by the German newsmagazine Focus shows that a majority of Germans supports setting a blanket speed limit for drivers on the country’s expressways, where speeds are currently capped only in high-traffic areas. The greatest number of respondents (40%) wants to set the limit at 130 km/h (80 mph). Only 38% oppose any universal speed limit on autobahns, where speeds of over 200 km/h (125 mph) are common. Predictably, more men (50%) than women (26%) are against the speed limit.