The Spanish government’s crusade against cars continues this week as the national speed limit has been cut from 120 km/h (about 75MPH) to 110 km/h (about 68 MPH). The Spanish government claims the move is temporary (they say it will last until “at least” June), and that it will save some 15% on the country’s fuel bills. The opposition reckons the number is closer to five percent, asking Autocar the rhetorical question
What next? Will the government make people go to sleep earlier to reduce their consumption of light?
Spain’s many high-quality roads and relatively low traffic have made it something of a motoring destination for Northern Europeans (especially the British), but since most European nations allow speeds of up to 130 km/h on their freeways, some of that cachet could well be lost. The opposition reckons the government reduced Spain’s speed limit as much to raise revenue as save fuel. Could losses in the tourism sector cancel any revenue benefits?