Elisabeth Borne refuses to limit motorways to 110 km/h

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Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne explains on the set of BFMTV why she does not think that imposing 110 km/h on the motorway is the solution.

Elisabeth Borne refuses to limit motorways to 110 km/h

The motorways will one day be limited in France to 110 km/h instead of 130 km/h today? While the measure has been hovering for a few months, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne seems to be in the process of deciding the debate. Invited Monday November 14 of a program on the climate, Elisabeth Borne suggested to sensitize the motorists on the maximum speed, rather than decreeing new bans:

“I think [that imposing 110 km/h] is not the right way. And I think we also have people who need to travel on the motorway and who have time problems, so I think it's important to inform about the savings that can be made. we can do by driving slower, on the interest that this may have in reducing greenhouse gas emissions”,explains Elisabeth Borne.

Why the government will not impose 110 km/h on the highways

The minister drives the point home: “We cannot function with blows of’bans, suggesting a profound change in method, and government action more focused on incentives and awareness rather than new coercive measures. You can view the full video extract on the BFMTV  Twitter account:

Raising the speed limit to 110 km/h on the motorway against 130 km/h currently was one of the measures recommended by the citizens' convention for the climate created in 2020. A Le Parisien poll of November 6 taken up by BFMTV affirms that 68% of French people are rather in favor of the new speed limit of 110 km/h on expressways.

Motorists in favor of the measure point out that the difference in journey times is ultimately not that significant, unlike the savings on the fuel budget. French motorways have only been limited to 130 km/h since 1974. Already then, the measure was put in place to reduce fuel consumption in response to the oil shock.

The problem is that in the meantime the government has had to endure several crises, in particular the Yellow Vests crisis – a movement born against the increase in fuel prices after an increase in the TIPP tax on petroleum products. At the end of October, the Prime Minister already explained her intention “not to fracture society” by imposing measures that“do not get everyone on board, because “at some point, we don&#8217 ;will not advance”.

The Yellow Vests movement forced Emmanuel Macron to change his strategy during his first term. Among other things, he had abandoned his carbon tax project following the movement.