The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 October 2007

Fahr'n auf der Autobahn

Just as fast as ever, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

Members of the center-left Social Democratic Party, who along with Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union make up the governing coalition, backed a proposal over the weekend to introduce a general speed limit of 130 kph (80 mph) on Germany's famed freeways, the autobahn.

Asked in an interview to be aired Monday on state-run ZDF television station what she thought of the proposal, Merkel flatly rejected it saying, "It won't happen with me."

And what's more:

Merkel suggested that better traffic management systems would be a more effective way of preventing excessive emissions on the freeways, saying the kilometers-long traffic jams that often clog the autobahn, are equally detrimental to the environment as high-speed driving.

Not to mention that unless you're in one of those hybrids that shuts off the engine when stopping — which, if you're in Germany, you're probably not — when you're stuck in traffic you're getting a flat zero miles per gallon.

I think I'll crank up some Kraftwerk to celebrate.

(Via Jalopnik.)

Posted at 10:21 AM to Driver's Seat

250kph on the A9 in May 2006 (last time I was over there).

Posted by: anon in tx at 6:47 PM on 30 October 2007