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German government party calls for speed limit on autobahns

German government party calls for speed limit on autobahns

HAMBURG, Germany (AFP) - - The Social Democrats, partners in Germany's "grand coalition" government, called Saturday for a speed limit on the country's legendary autobahns in a bid to slash harmful carbon emissions.

A motion to impose a 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour maximum speed on the freeways passed at a party congress here with a wafer-thin majority that surprised SPD leaders, who had opposed it.

Speed is king on German highways, with restrictions only enforced in congested areas, near road works or in special circumstances. A government policy currently "recommends" drivers keep the speedometer below 130.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance swiftly dismissed its coalition partners' proposal.

"This fine specimen from their new chamber of policy horrors is not the only thing we won't go along with," the parliamentary leader of the Christian Social Union, Peter Ramsauer, told the B.Z. am Sonntag newspaper.

Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel of the SPD argues that the focus on a speed limit distracts from measures that would be more effective in capping greenhouse gas emissions such as pressing the auto industry to roll out more fuel-efficient models.

But the opposition Green party, which governed Germany with the Social Democrats until 2005, welcomed the SPD motion.

"We feel vindicated," Greens' chief Reinhard Buetikofer told AFP.

"Now we hope they will really see it through."

Environmental groups argue that at least 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions could be prevented by 2020 with a speed limit of 120 kph.

And consumer advocates note that 70 percent of all deadly automobile accidents occur on stretches of the autobahn where no maximum speeds apply.

A round-table on environmental measures in France last week failed to adopt a suggestion for a 10 kph cut in speed limits on main roads, where the maximum speed allowed on motorways is 130.

The SPD also approved a motion calling for the elimination of tax breaks for company cars which guzzle petrol, as well as for a requirement that new power plants have "green" technology allowing the simultaneous production of heat and electricity.

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