A heated discussion is underway in Germany. Here it has emerged in a leaked report to a committee set up by the government will propose to introduce a speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour on the nation's highways.
today, there is only a speed limit of 30 percent of the highways, while drivers can freely press on the accelerator in the rest of Germany's famous Autobahn.
The conservative transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, believes that the idea goes 'against common sense'.
- If you want to run 120 kilometers per hour, can run 120 kilometers per hour. If you want to run faster, you can also do it. What is the meaning of the state in this way must be the nanny, he asked the other day in the newspaper Bild.
He gets the support from, among others, birte ravn Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of the christian democrat ruling party, the CDU, that will not "punish motorists".
Among the germans is very much a subject which divides the waters. Several new polls show that there is a small majority in favour of introducing a general speed limit. But the 46-47 percent are opposed.
Michael Mertens is a part of the majority. The head of Germany's politiforbund have signed up as an advocate for a cap on the move as he believes it will save lives.
- In this country there are some people who quite legally running 200 or 250 kilometers per hour. Honestly, it is crazy, said Mertens in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Although there is no speed limit on the majority of the German Autobahn, so are the drivers recommended to stay under 130 kilometres per hour.
the government committee is expected to officially present its recommendations in march.
the Committee's task is to come up with proposals on how Germany can do more for the climate. You believe that a speed limit will lower the speed and reduce the pollution caused by petrol and diesel.
to the news agency dpa stresses the German transport ministry, to the content of the committee's report has not yet been discussed in the government.