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Speed Limits by Country

Speed Limits by CountryThe speed limit was born in 1861 when the United Kingdom introduced a 10 mile per hour maximum known as the Locomotive Act. The UK is today one of the only places in the world to show speed limits in miles per hour while most other countries use kilometres per hour.

Today there is only one country in the world which has no speed limits at all – the Isle of Man – though famously there are areas of the German autobahns (motorways) which have only advisory speed limits known as 'richgeschwindigkeit'. Ironically fatalities on the autobahns have been less than some countries with lower speed limits like Japan where the limit is 100kph.

Speed limits vary in the various American states and between 1995 and 1999 Montana had a 'reasonable and prudent' speed limit which was non numerical. In the Northern Territory of Australia a speed limit of 110 or 130kph was introduced in 2007 after years of having no limits.

Poland has the world's highest speed limit which is 140kph on motorways, though the Austrians dabbled with having a 160kph variable limit on motorways in 2006. Variable speed limits are used on the M25 motorway in Britain with great success and they cut down on accidents and delays. Germany also has an advanced computer controlled variable speed limit system.

The United States generally has quite low speed limits at about 50kph on many freeways. In most of Europe the corresponding speed is 60kph. Europe designs its speed signs according to the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals and uses a circular with black text on a white background and a red border. By contrast Canada and the U.S use rectangular signs

Speed Limits Per Country

COUNTRY KPH MPH
Australia 90-110 56-68
Argentina 100-130 62-80
Austria 130 80
Algeria 120 74
France 110-130 68-80
Brazil 80-120 50-74
Belgium 120 74
Bulgaria 130 80
Ukraine 130 80
China 100-120 62-74
Portugal 120 74
Canada 70-110 43-68
Cuba 100 62
Chile  120 74
Czech Republic  130 80
Croatia 130 80
Denmark  110-130 68-80
Japan 100 62
Egypt 90 56
Estonia No Motorways -
El Salvador 90 56
Finland  120 74
Georgia 80 50
Ghana No Motorways -
Germany 130 some parts no limit 80+
Greece 120 74
Gibraltar No Motorways -
Hungary 130 80
Hong Kong  70-110 43-68
Norway 100 62
India 100 62
Iceland 90 56
Israel 110 68
Ireland 120 74
Italy 130 80
Jordan  No Motorways -
Jamaica 80 50
Kenya 110 68
Lithuania 110-130 68-80
Luxembourg 130 80
Mexico 100 62
Malta No Motorways -
Malaysia 110 68
Netherlands 120 74
New Zealand 100 56
Poland 140 87
Romania 130 80
Russia 110 62
Serbia 120 74
Slovakia 130 80
Switzerland 120 74
Slovenia 130 80
South Africa 120 74
Saudi Arabia 80-120 50-74
Singapore  90 56
Spain 120 74
Sweden 90 56
Thailand 120 74
Turkey 120 74
United States 90-130 56-80
United Kingdom 80-113 50-70

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Posted: October 01, 2009 by Global Administrator | with 1 comments

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James C. Walker
Motorways in most countries have or would have 85th percentile speeds of 120 kph to 150 kph. ALL should be posted that way. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association, Ann Arbor Michigan USA
3/27/2011 7:26:07 PM

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