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Speed limit to increase to 80mph?

Posted on by Matt Topham

The government is planning to raise the speed limit to 80mph because it's thought it will shorten journey times and, in turn, boost the economy.

Raising the national speed limit is never far from the top of the motoring agenda, but now it seems it could become a reality. The Daily Mail reports it will be discussed at the next Conservative Party Conference, starting Sunday 2 October in Manchester.

The Department for Transport has dismissed the report as "speculation," however, despite the Daily Mail claiming there is "broad agreement within the coalition...with the only question being the timing of the announcement".

A move to change the national speed limit to 80mph would go hand-in-hand with tougher enforcement, to prevent 90mph becoming an 'acceptable' speed in the same way as 80mph is seen by drivers currently. It's thought that more 20mph zones in residential areas will be introduced at the same time.

However, speed safety groups will oppose the move to 80mph. Road safety charity Brake's campaign director Julie Townsend called the rise "highly immoral...when research indicates it would lead to more deaths and injuries".

She said: "Road casualties cause appalling suffering, and are a considerable economic burden. The benefit to journey times is questionable: it's been found that an 80mph limit might even increase journey times on some parts of the network because of creating an uneven traffic flow."

The AA backs the rise, with president Edmund King saying: "80mph in a modern car, in good weather, at a proper distance from the car in front is a safe speed."

"It is better to have speed limits that are realistic and enforced," he said. Source - Autoblog

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