Every political party that has the power here in France has got a bee up their bonnet about speed. They all officially want to reduce speeds, because according to them, it will reduce the number of road fatalities, with as side benefit according to these idiot-savants that pollution will also be reduced.
The latest fad amongst the ruling socialist party (and very, very unpopular party) is to reduce the maximum speed on the secondary roads, the so called country roads. Today that speed is a paltry 90 kph, but tomorrow, if the politicians will have their way, it will be 80 kph.
According to the real specialists, the independent research labs, reducing speeds from 90 to 80 kph will have no impact on pollution. None whatsoever, in fact, it might just make it worse! According to the organization that is responsible for monitoring the air quality in France, the longer your vehicle is running on the road, the more you pollute. Slowing down cars and motorcycles, means that they will be running their engines longer, and therefore pollute more. So that's one political myth debunked!
As for speed kills. The other European countries have different results. Norway, when they raised the motorway speed from 110 to 130 kph, the number of fatalities DROPPED! In both the UK and Germany the speed limit of the secondary roads is higher than the current French one; 100 kph. But their road fatalities are no worse than France, in fact the numbers are the same, but they have 20% more inhabitants so in reality it's better. Luxembourg and Switzerland are also thinking about INCREASING the speed limit for the country roads. So why would they increase and France decrease?
According to the government wisdom, every 1% reduction in speed limit reduces the number of deaths by 4%. Which is totally bonkers, since according to the police statistics, during 2012 the average speed in France increased but the number of fatalities decreased by 8%!
So now let's look at why they really want to reduce speeds. You can feel it coming, right? According to the organization referred in the Via: below (Ligue de Defense des Conducteurs ), the most profitable radars in France are those where the speed limit had been changed. When speeds were reduced, the radar becomes a cash machine.
So the French government, who have gotten themselves a bigger fiscal hole then ever before, said to themselves "why not lower all speed limits so that all radars will generate enough money for our Swiss bank accounts?".
So now we know why the French government wants to reduce speed limits. And that is the truth. You can take that to the bank.
Via: Ligue De Defense Des Conducteurs