Should there be a general speed limit on German autobahns? The question moves and it divides readers. We asked and started a vote. There was also the question of how high the possible speed limit should be. It was also interesting to see whether the opinion of our readers generally differs from the German population. You should assume that the blog is open to the future, but in case of doubt it is very petrol and turbo-savvy. And has a strong love for older, Swedish sheet metal.
Infratest Dimap surveys show a division of the population in terms of a general speed limit. It is striking that the opinion has not changed significantly over the years. In October 2012, Infratest launched a nationwide Befragung. At that time, a slim majority of 53% advocated the introduction of a general speed limit. Exactly 7 years later and after two extremely hot and dry summers the next one Befragung, this time in the ARD Germany trend, exactly the same picture. 53% for, 45% against. Climate crisis, Greta Thunberg, environmental discussion. Everything seems to leave the nation unscathed as soon as it comes to free travel for free citizens.
The readers are split when it comes to speed limits
The readers on the blog don't behave quite like the majority of the population. Interesting because it is primarily about cars. But the split is also noticeable here. If you followed the vote, you could see a back and forth between the camps. Sometimes the supporters of a limit were at the top, sometimes the opponents. Ultimately, the majority of readers are in favor of a general speed limit. But only with a small majority, and the division of society on this issue continues here.
A general speed limit on highways?
- I am in favor! (54% 301 Votes)
- I'm against it! (46% 255 Votes)
Total Voters: 556
On the other hand, it seems clear what one prefers when it comes to introduction. Tempo 140 would be preferred, but 130 is acceptable. Lower speeds are out of the question. The introduction of the limit seems real in the next few years. The climate targets set by the government are shaky, the speed limit on German motorways would be an easy way to a rapid reduction in CO2. An introduction would only produce 1.2% of the emissions of the Transport sector save, but meet 6% of the CO2 reduction of the climate target. In addition, a speed limit could improve the lack of acceptance for electric vehicles. Their biggest disadvantage is manifested in rapidly melting ranges at an increased speed.
Which restriction would be reasonable?
- 140 km / h - so that not everyone falls asleep (47% 120 Votes)
- 130 km / h would be ideal (42% 109 Votes)
- 120 km / h would be good (8% 20 Votes)
- 100 km / h are completely sufficient (3% 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 258
Another self-experiment comes
Our neighbors in Austria are more clearly positioned. On 120 kilometers of Alpine motorways, the maximum possible speed was raised to 140 km / h for testing purposes. The started in 2018 E is finished, speed 130 applies on the tracks as before. In contrast to the former FPÖ Minister of Transport, his successor to the Greens saw the increased speed as an increased burden on the environment.
The topic remains current and will continue to accompany us in the future. We're going to try again. After the pace 120 Selbstversuch with the 9-3 Aero, the least suitable vehicle, there will be another test in the next few weeks. Tempo 130 further away with the Saab 9000. The as Anna project known vehicle is 22 years old. Can intelligent Swedish lightweight construction still convince with efficiency today and keep up with the latest technology?