Germany may put a speed limit on its autobahn network of highways. The autobahn is 12,996 kilometers long. There is no speed limit on it for many vehicles. There are limits in some areas, like spots that have accidents, or roads that are being repaired. On some parts of the network, there is an advisory speed limit of 130 kph (80 mph). Germany may now put a speed limit on all parts of the autobahn. It has to meet fuel emission targets set by the European Union. It wants to reduce the damage done to the environment by cars that drive fast.
Many drivers are unhappy with a possible speed limit. They do not want the 130kph limit, even if other EU countries have it. Politicians say Germany's government would never pass a speed limit law. One politician said: "I don't think the suggestion of a speed limit is practical." One of Germany's best-selling newspapers disagreed with any speed limit. It wrote: "Our autobahn roads are a symbol of freedom. 'Tested on German autobahn' is a quality seal. There are enough speed limits." Germany could face big EU fines if it does not cut its greenhouse gases.