Germany isn’t planning to slam brakes on the autobahn, minister says

By Sejla Ahmatovic | 04/03/2024 06:17 AM EDT

The highway speed limit is controversial in Germany.

The German government isn’t looking to implement a speed limit on highways, according to Transport Minister Volker Wissing.

He dismissed a report published by the Federal Environment Agency earlier this year — according to which a speed limit of 120 kilometers per hour (74.5 mph) on the iconic autobahn could reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly — arguing that the majority of Germans wouldn’t back it.

“People don’t want that,” he said. “There are so many figures floating around. The important thing is that only measures that are accepted can be successful.”


Germany is the only industrialized country where some highways do not have a maximum speed limit. The debate about introducing one frequently flares up.