to Travel on a highway without speed limits is to many a dream. The equivalent to shorten the distance between two points very far away from each other, without the fear that a helicopter inmortalice your feat, and the next day you will be in the news, and you’ll face fines and penalties to be really hard. That is why the Autobahn, and those stretches without speed limit, glorified by the popular wisdom, are all a source of pride for Germany. But every time there are more arguments to say that the stretches without speed limit on the Autobahn are a species in danger of extinction, and that its end is closer to.
The concern for the environment, and the quality of the air, is beating in Europe to concern for road safety to impose speed limits more stringent.
Winfried Hermann, who holds the position of Minischter fir Verchehr a Infrastruktur, equivalent to traffic and road infrastructure of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, is ready to finish with the stretches without speed limit, at least in its case-law (see news item in Car & Driver). The aim of Hermann would reduce, from may, of 30% of the stretches of Autobahn, to 20%, the areas in which there is no speed limit. The limit that would be imposed would be in the 120 km/h. In any case, it would already be a step forward really important, if we consider that the most important city of this region is Stuttgart, home of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.
The reason to advocate for the end of the absence of speed limits would not be another the improvement of air quality in the region. A project that would find a few speed limits appropriate that could be spread to the rest of the country.
In the austrian Tyrol, which borders with Germany, have already imposed speed limits very strict to 100 km/h, in sections by those who until a few months ago I was traveling with security, and legally, to 130 km/h. The penalties are sufficiently harsh to deter anyone to overcome these limits.
The reason given by Winfried Hermann is the environmental issue, responding to the demands of his party Die Grünen, equivalent to The Greens and other parties such as environmentalists present in the rest of Europe. And it is precisely the environmental issue you will very likely end up with one of the great icons of the German automobile industry, and engineering. That from any point of view has to be seen, also, as a symbol of progress, controversial if we consider that what will be, increasingly, will be the environmental concern, and efforts to mitigate the waste of energy.
while it is true that the first step for the advocate Hermann is quite small, and time is not with the order total of the stretches without speed limit in Germany, it is clear that the environmental concern is called to put to test the strength of the associations of motorists, and the lobbies of the sector, in Germany and Europe.
If yesteryear, the only logical reasoning to impose speed limits on more stringent was the security, going forward, we will see how these boundaries look for a goal quite different, to reduce environmental pollution. Precisely, in the neighbouring Austria, in the Tyrol region, we have already seen how in the last few years, imposing strict limits, 100 km/h in stretches of perfectly paved that-until just a few months ago it was travelling at 130 km/h legally, and safely. To overcome these limits, which have been imposed by the environmental issue, I assure you that it carries penalties that are sufficiently high as to compel the driver to lift the foot from the accelerator.
In any case, once more we should demystify the Autobahn. To begin with, because any stretch of Autobahn is not susceptible to the lack of a speed limit. It is very important to be attentive in order to know what sections there are limits, and what sections are free of limit. Is more, the existence or non-existence of speed limits depends on traffic congestion, and the time. So it is easy for us to find a stretch without speed limit in the morning, go to be limited to 100 km/h, or even less, in the afternoon.
Driving on a Autobahn also requires a very high commitment to the driver, the liability with the road safety. In a stage in which we can find vehicles that doubled our speed, it is very important to respect the use of the lanes. It is also important to control the environment, and be very aware of the appropriate speed to circulate through each section. There are stretches of Autobahn without speed limit, with very broad, well-paved, with huge lines, but there are also some parts of elevation changes, curves more pronounced and a visibility can be improved, sections that in Spain, would probably have been limited to 100 km/h, or even less.