Oh no, another thread on SUV
?? Not quite, here's a little story from Germany that could deflate the popularity of SUVs in Germany considerably, if there ever was one:
(link for those who can read German: http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,264636,00.html)
In Germany you pay taxes on your car just because it is registered, if you don't drive around, ok, your prob, you still pay. Now, SUVs can be registered in Germany as small trucks...this leads to considerable lower taxes on the car than if registered as a regular car.
So basically you pay taxes as if you're driving a truck, but as the SUV
does have no speed limit linked to its weight, as trucks in Germany ususally do (80km/h or approx. 50 miles/h), you can drive around like crazy with all the well-known and already-discussed-to-death consequences.
Now the supreme court of Bavaria decided in the case of a man who got stopped by police because he was driving 160km/h (ca. 100 miles/h), but tried to defend himself that he doesn't consider his SUV
a truck...and he lost! The judges verdict was clear, the SUV
is a truck and should be treated like one.
could get a speed limit on non-speed-limit German autobahns of 80 km/h or 50 miles/h, which would take out all the fun of driving one of these horsepower-rich machines!!
I have to say: Chapeau, Mssrs. Judges, a good idea and a logical one, too.