End of the autobahn? EU ponders compulsory speed limiters on cars
The European Commission’s proposal would see both old and new
cars in the 28-member states equipped with a device that
automatically applies the brakes whenever a car exceeds a speed
of around 115 kph. The idea is to increase highway safety. 30,000
people die every year on Europe's roads.
A decision on whether to move ahead with the idea is expected in
the New Year. It will hardly enjoy popular support, judging by
what German drivers told RT’s Peter Oliver.
“The whole reason we built beautiful roads was to drive them properly,” one of Oliver’s respondents said, referring to German autobahns, which are renowned for having no speed limits.
As for car manufacturers, they doubt that compulsory speed
limiters would effective in guaranteeing road safety.
“We think, and the statistics show major accidents, from a
numbers point of view, are not on the autobahn, but on minor
roads that are already [speed] limited. And, for some, it’s a
clear indicator of The European Commission overtaking what should
be national matters,” Achim Schneider of Porsche’s Corporate
Communications told RT.
Analysts believe it's going to be tough for the EU to convince the German people that their speed should be in the hands of Brussels.
“The problem at the moment is that many of these decisions are being made by the commission and are not subject to democratic accountability in parliament. That is the source of frustration in countries,” Trevor Evans, an economist, told RT.
For more on the story, watch RT’s Peter Oliver and his report