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National speed limit may be scrapped
09-25-2011, 10:36 AM, (This post was last modified: 09-25-2011, 07:02 PM by Djones.)
National speed limit may be scrapped
80mph M-way report 'speculation'|uk|dl1|sec1_lnk2|79157

Reports that the speed limit will be raised to 80mph on motorways to shorten journeys and help boost the economy have been described as "speculation" by the Department for Transport.

A review of road safety is expected to conclude that the increase from the current 70mph limit should be made official, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The newspaper said there is understood to be a "broad agreement" within the coalition Government and civil servants over the issue, with the only question being the timing of the announcement.

A condition would be likely to be that an 80mph limit would be more strictly enforced, to prevent the usual speed rising to 90mph, the newspaper said. There would also be more 20mph zones in residential areas.

A Department for Transport spokesman described the report as "speculation".

He said: "We need to make sure that we are looking at the right criteria when considering what level speed limits should be set at.

"This means looking at the economic benefits of shorter journey times as well as considering other implications such as road safety and carbon emissions.

"Any proposal to change national speed limits would be subject to full public consultation."

What do you all think, would this be a good idea or would it make our motorways more dangerous?
09-25-2011, 10:52 AM,
RE: National speed limit may be scrapped
One of the rules of the road is that the speed limit posted is the safest under optimal road and weather conditions. If the weather changes, the speed limit adjusts accordingly. People don't follow this rule, and expect to be able to speed during a downpour without wiping out and causing an accident.

There's nothing wrong with increasing the speed limit so long as people still have time to react to changes in traffic.
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09-25-2011, 07:20 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-25-2011, 07:22 PM by IanPotter.)
RE: National speed limit may be scrapped
This is one of those perennial non-news stories they re-run every now and again to discourage conversations about anything of consequence; rather like giving a caged bird a mirror or a little bell.

Anyone remember Blair touting this idea during the '97 selection campaign? I do - and IIRC, The Margerene Thatch gave it a run out too.

Blah, blah, blah... Populism for pricks.

No offence intended.

(Don't worry; they'll do it when they bring the road charges in to sweeten the pill - not long now folks...)
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