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Regular news: Issue 581 7 Oct 2011

Time saving benefits justify 80mph motorway speed limit – Hammond

Speed Limits

Andrew Forster

The Government is to consult on raising the speed limit to 80mph on motorways across England and Wales.

Transport secretary Philip Hammond told the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this week that the 70mph limit had become discredited, with almost half of all motorists exceeding it.

“I take the view that we live in a democracy of policing by consent,” he told The Times. “If 50% of the population are routinely breaking the law it’s actually the law that needs...

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Andrew
8 Oct 2011

I find Mr Hammond's assumption that as a majority currently drive at 78-79 mph the introduction of an 80 mph limit simply means they become legal to be very naive. The truth of the matter is that most are aware directly or indirectly that ACPO guidelines mean that prosecution up to 79 mph will not happen. They therefore drive up to the limit of tolerance. Raising the limit to 80 mph unless ACPO change the guidance will mean the tolerance will become 90 mph and consequently vehicle speeds will increase accordingly.

He refers to how 70 mph in 1965 was "pushing the boat out". He forgets or does not know that from 1959 to 1965 there was no speed limit on UK motorways. In 1965 they were also comparatively empty compared to today.