Green push for autobahn speed limit fails in Bundestag

DW.COM | 10/17/2019 | Staff
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Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, has voted against a bill proposed by the Greens that would have introduced a speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) on the nation's highways.

Out of the 631 votes cast on Thursday, 498 voted against the proposal. All members of the far-right AfD and the business-friendly FDP parties rejected the bill, and just two members from each of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and conservative parties voted for the proposal. There were only a handful of abstentions.

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"You're defending a transport policy from the day before yesterday," said Cem Özdemir, Green party member and chair of the Committee on Transport, to Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, a prominent speed limit opponent.

The proposal from the opposition Greens triggered a heated debate in Germany, which is known for its network of speed limit-free motorways.

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Greens lawmaker Anton Hofreiter said speed restrictions were "long overdue" and would help prevent fatal accidents, bring down costs for motorists and reduce noise pollution and climate emissions.

"Those who want to make motorways safer and the traffic flow more smoothly must back a speed limit," he told the German press agency dpa.

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