Dramatic fall in fuel demand following speed limit cuts
Spain’s decision to cut its motorway speed limits to save fuel appears to be having dramatic results.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]In March, its first month in operation, the cut from 120 to 110 km/h helped reduce demand for fuel by 8.4% (after seasonal adjustment). This follows a rise of 1.2% in January and 1.7% in February. The police also reported a 35% reduction in the number of motorists given fines for speeding. The 8.4% reduction in fuel consumption is not exclusively caused by the reduction in speed limits, but T&E’s Spanish member Ecologistas en Acción says ‘cutting motorway speed limits has had an important knock-on effect across the road transport sector’.