Speed limits in Italy are already high compared to Canadian standards, but the government there says they may not be high enough.
For big-engined cars, that is. Motorcycles and cars with small motors are already going fast enough, the Italian government seems to think.
Most autostrada routes in Italy currenly have a 130 km/h limit, but some have an experimental 150 km/h rating.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s parliament is, according to Carole Nash.com, considering making 150 a national standard for most two- and three-lane autostradas this year.
The limit would apply when roads are dry and traffic is light. And for vehicles with motors of greater displacement than 1900 cc.
The boss of MV Agusta, Claudio Castiglioni, understands the need for speed. He told Motociclismo magazine that modern sportbikes are hobbled at speeds of 130 km/h. "A modern sportbike travelling at 130 km/h is a distraction; it is a speed limit which exists just to promote fines and speeding taxes. Today’s motorcycles are safe at 170, even 180 km/h in light traffic. I would personally back a campaign to raise the limit to this level alongside keeping the existing limits in urban areas — they should be sacrosant."
Castiglioni is urging Italian motorcyclists to pressure the government to change the speed limit for large motorcycles to 180 km/h.