Speed Limit on dual carriageways could increase
Ministers are considering extending the proposed higher limit to a far wider range of roads than previously thought.
Ministers are considering extending the proposed higher limit to a far wider range of roads than previously thought. Proposals have emerged to increase the national 70mph limit on other trunk roads.Road safety groups have voiced concerns especially with existing police guidelines allowing motorists a measure of leeway under the “10 per cent plus 2mph” formula. If applied to an 80mph limit, this would mean drivers would be unlikely to face prosecution at speeds lower than 90mph. Edmund King, AA president said “eighty miles per hour on a five star motorway, in a five star car, with a five star driver in good weather, is probably a safe speed, however, 80mph on some lower standard stretches of motorway and dual carriageway is probably not a safe speed. We need to ensure that adequate enforcement and highway safety standards are in place before contemplating increasing speed limits.” The proposals have also alarmed Stephen Joseph, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, he said “there are plenty of places where this would be actively dangerous; some dual carriageways are not engineered for 80mph.”
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