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Should Motorway Speeds Be Increased to 80MPH?

Friday September 30 2011

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THE government has announced plans today to introduce new speed limits on the motorway and increase the legal limit to 80 miles an hour.

The Department of Transport is to discuss the proposals because, it claims, the current limit (introduced in 1965) is out of date due to huge advances in safety and motoring technology.

Discussions will begin this year with a view to raising the limit in 2013.

What do you think? A wise move, or a potential accident waiting to happen?

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Reply Posted by Shaun on Friday September 30 2011 at 12:22
Yes. 90mph if possible please.

Reply Posted by Rob on Friday September 30 2011 at 12:37
NO, 70mph is plenty fast enough, people are not safe to go anymore. Speed causes accidents, we want our roads safe not like a formula 1 circuit.

Reply Posted by Raiderssporting on Friday September 30 2011 at 12:44
Wrong Rob speed does NOT cause accidents bad driving causes accidents.

The first person killed in a RTA was hit at 5mph..... so should we make the limit 5mph  NO technological improvements have been made to make it safe...its the dummys that drive dangerously that are the problem.

Reply Posted by Image-max on Friday September 30 2011 at 13:05
We are already slower than the majority of Europe. Most motorway accidents are caused by people not knowing or not caring how to drive properly. Enforce the laws on the idiots, for such things as tail gaiting, lane hopping, swerving without sufficient indication, mobile phones, etc, rather than just blaming speed all the time.

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday September 30 2011 at 13:32
Great response!

Seriously Rob, times have changed.

Reply Posted by Bob on Friday September 30 2011 at 17:27
And allow overtaking in all lanes, better progress

Reply Posted by Steve L on Saturday October 1 2011 at 16:53
Many drive at 75-80 anyway, it would just be making them legal! Cars have good brakes and suspension these days and tyre technology is far better. When the limit was brought in originally the cars were primitive by comparison. As was said earlier, it's the dummies who cause accidents by being discourteous,or drive without due care, or use a phone whilst driving. I'd be all for increased enforcement if the limit was increased. 

Reply Posted by Bungi on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 07:44
yes 80mph is a good speed for the car of today in many countrys 80-100mph is the norm.
but i think they sould introduce motorway driving in the driving test or after you pass you must have a few hours driving with an instructor to get use to motorway driving

Reply Posted by Pauline Pauline77 on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 08:23
I know people who go over the speed limit, so making it higher just means they are going to go even faster if its increased so it should be kept at 70mph

Reply Posted by guest on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 08:25
its those that drive at 50 mph that irritate me, make it a law to have a minimum speed of 70 and a max speed of 80!

Reply Posted by Billy on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 10:36
I think we should do away with speed limits on motorways, providing compulsory training was given to all new drivers before being allowed access to motorways. When the current limits were introduced, we had drum brakes and cross-ply tyres. No matter what the limit, people will drive at whatever speed they're comfortable with, as indeed, they do now. The 70 limit is neither adhered to nor enforced. Who knows someone who has been prosecuted for doing 75 or even 80 mph?

Reply Posted by mark on Monday July 15 2013 at 15:26
As i drive for a living it irritates me when people hog the middle lane making people brake to wait for the fast lane .People who drive at 50 on a motorway cause more danger than someone doing 80!!.Too many people have little experience of driving on motorways therefore introducing it to the driving test would be a great idea