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Most Germans want speed limit on autobahn? Fri Mar 16, 9:23 AM ET

BERLIN (Reuters) - Nearly two in three Germans believe a speed limit should be introduced on the car-loving nation's notoriously fast autobahns, according to a new poll.

The European Union's environment commissioner Stavros Dimas and environmental activists in Germany have said speeding on the autobahn wastes energy and called for a speed limit. German Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee has rejected the idea.

The poll for ZDF television published on Friday showed 54 percent of Germans favor a speed limit of 130 kph (80 mph) while another 10 percent would like a limit below that level. Some 35 percent said they did not want any speed limit.

At least a third of German motorways have a speed limit while the rest carry only a recommended top speed of 130 kph where legally drivers can, and often do, travel as fast as they like.

German car firms like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, which pride themselves on producing powerful vehicles, fear speed limits on the autobahn would remove some of the allure of their vehicles and harm sales.

The survey also showed that 56 percent of Germans believe flights should be taxed at a higher rate because of the environmental damage they cause.
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Wow. Big change in opinion over the last decades. Thirty or so years ago, I think the numbers would have been near 80% favoring the unregulated speed on autobahns and frequently on "highways" in the country. The Landstrasse limits came into being in the late 1960's and early 1970's, then in congested areas speed limits were introduced in the mid 1970's as I recall. Last time I was over there, about a year and half ago now, the unregulated areas were already few and far between on the roads between Munich and Nurnberg. I guess the "Verdictung" of the population has made the opportunity to drive at high speeds dangerous enough to he change opinion of the general population even though they are much more affluent and able to afford the faster cars today than back in the 1970's and earlier.

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How interesting. This story has been reported in the British media as Brussels wishing to impose speed limits in Germany, but with the majority of Germans resenting the interference and wanting the autobahns to remain as they are.
Personally, I think the Eurocrats are up to their usual tactics of meddle and spin.

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How interesting. This story has been reported in the British media as Brussels wishing to impose speed limits in Germany, but with the majority of Germans resenting the interference and wanting the autobahns to remain as they are.
Personally, I think the Eurocrats are up to their usual tactics of meddle and spin.
Perhaps some of the elitist pseudoscientists in Europe will start examining the "con" side of the global warming argument, when they learn the reason they won't be able to scamper about the autobahn with reckless abandon on the way home from the laboratory, is all down to a mythical fairy tale they themselves helped to weave....
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