As a driver, or even a passenger you may be aware that the national speed limit on a motorway is currently 70 MPH. This has been the law since 1965 and the Department of Transport are now considering whether or not this law is now out of date and needs to be looked at.
The idea comes with fact that Britain’s cars today are much safer and have advanced massively in recent years, making it safer for road users to go a little faster.
If you didn’t know, a massive 49% of drivers already exceed the 70 mph speed limit on motorways and in actual fact I thought it would be higher! There has been a 75% drop in the number of people killed on British roads since the 70 mph speed limit came into place.
The new speed limit is set to be in place as of 2013, so there’s still a small wait but it would result in drivers being able to get places quicker, generating economic benefits of hundreds of millions of pounds. However, despite you reaching your destination sooner, you will still be using 20% more fuel and consequently emit 20% more CO2.
Road safety still remains a priority to the government and to make roads even safer they are cracking down harder on uninsured drives and those under the influence of drink or drugs.
Despite any rules being in place, people will still insist of breaking the legal speed limit so to those 49% this won’t make a difference, but if you get caught before 2013, you get a hefty fine so watch out!
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