Motorway Speed Limit U-Turn?

According to recent media reports, government proposals to raise the 70mph motorway speed limit to 80mph could well be shelved. 

80mph Speed Limit

The Department of Transport had argued that the new 80mph limit would shorten journey times and help boost the economy.  It now appears that following an increase in fatalities on our roads last year, the government now at last recognises the importance of road safety in any decision to raise speed limits.

Increased Injury and Death

Road safety campaigners, such as Brake, had condemned the proposal saying it would lead to an increase in death and serious injury such as traumatic brain injury.  They disputed that increasing the speed limit on congested roads would improve average journey times. 

Whilst cars are safer than in 1965 when the current speed limit was introduced, it should be remembered that Euro NCAP crash tests only assess crash protection at 40mph, not at 80mph.  Evidently, the faster we drive, the less time we have to react and the harder we hit.  Even the Parliamentary Transport Committee estimated an 80mph speed limit would result in a 10% rise in casualties, which could be higher if police only enforced a new limit at 90mph, under current guidelines.

Head Injury UK: Serious Injury Claim Experts

Head Injury UK welcomes any decision to abandon a policy almost certain to increase serious injury, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), with no proven economic benefit.  If you or someone you know, has suffered serious injury in a car accident, please contact Andy Shaw to see how we can help.

 

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