30 October 2007
Fahr'n auf der Autobahn
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