Autogone? German Emissions Laws Could Put an End to Unrestricted Autobahn Sections

A new set of proposed emissions laws put forth in Germany could spell the end of the country’s world famous sections of unrestricted Autobahn.

Germany could face stiff penalties from the EU if it fails to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, particularly with regard to personal transportation. The new proposal says a universal motorway speed limit of 130 km/h, along with fuel tax hikes and a quota for electric and hybrid cars, could help Germany achieve up to half the emissions cuts it needs to avoid fines. The paper also proposed an abolition of tax breaks for diesel cars.

According to Reuters, which viewed a copy of the proposal, its backers recognize that some aspects of it may be controversial. Germany is currently trying to balance the problem of greenhouse gas emissions with protecting its lucrative automotive industry and a getting rid of the unrestricted sections of the autobahn, along with introducing even more fuel taxes, may not receive positive reaction from the German public.

“Not every instrument and every measure will be accepted,” the draft reads. “It will take political deftness, diplomatic skill and a willingness to compromise to achieve the climate change goals.”

Reuters says Germany’s National Platform on the Future of Mobility has yet to finalize the proposal. It plans on studying its various aspects and will report back at the end of March. Certain aspects of the proposal may be put forth as part of a series of climate change laws that Germany plans to implement before the end of the year.

Last year, Germany passed a law that said certain cities could ban older diesel cars from certain areas that are affected the most by pollution. Many governments in Europe are beginning to phase out diesel and steer consumers toward more environmentally friendly options such as electric vehicles or plug-ins.