The British Prime Minister David Cameron looks set to put the brakes on raising the motorway speed limit to eighty miles-per-hour, according to the Daily Star. This follows a warning from new Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin that 'speed does kill and most of the very serious accidents on our roads involve people disobeying the speed limits'. This represents a significant change of stance for the Government. About a year ago, you see, the then Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said that increasing the speed limit would 'put Britain back in the fast lane' by boosting business productivity via shorter journey times.
This concerned some road safety groups who believed that increasing the motorway speed limit would cost lives. Furthermore, as thousands of motorists already drive at eighty miles per-hour without being prosecuted, there was concern that ninety miles per-hour would become the “unofficial” limit. To counteract this, it was suggested that the increased limit would be more rigorously enforced than today's. However, whereas we are waiting for official conformation from the Government, this now seems academic. That pleases road safety charity Brake that works to minimise the number of people killed/inured on the roads.
Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive, said: 'We are extremely pleased by this news and hope to hear further confirmation from government soon. Evidence shows eighty miles per-hour limits would cause more people to be killed and seriously injured on motorways”She added: “We look forward to hearing more from the new transport ministers on how they will usher in a better era for safety on roads and help to counter the recent increase in casualties.'
By Stephen Turvil, motoring.co.uk
Thu, 27 Sep 2012
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