Speed limits can make a resurgence in Australian highways
It is one of the few places on the whole planet where one can drive without any speed limit. That was where Porsche reached a speed of 350 kph (218 mph) with its Porsche 918 Spyder, for instance. But this “freedom” may be over.
Tanami Road is a straight road, with about 300 km (186 mi), in the region of Alice Springs, Australia. It has been used by car manufacturers in order to test their supersports but, now, the local government is considering the idea of imposing a limit of 130 kph (81 mph), which has been objected by its (few) local inhabitants.
“Our goal is to end the absence of a speed limit, agreeing with to the opinion of doctors, nurses and police, who consider that there should be no exceptions to speed limits”, Michael Gunner explained, the newly elected chief minister of the northern territory.
Oddly enough, the limits were abolished in 2014, since they were causing accidents due to distractions and fatigue caused by a lengthier travel time, as well as a lower concentration to keep a reduced and constant speed.
Porsche is not fond of this rebirth of speed limits. “Speed does not kill, bad drivers do”, Paul Elis, Porsche’s public relations manager, has said.
Check here the Porsche 918 Spyder at 350 kph (218 mph) in Tanami Road: