Car insurance: 50 mph limit 'is not necessary'

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

A 50 mph speed limit on rural roads is not the best way to reduce traffic collisions and car insurance claims in the UK, according to one motoring group.

The Association of British Drivers (ABD) has suggested government plans to make people behind the wheel travel more slowly on single carriageways in the countryside are not necessary.

It stated more emphasis should be placed on better training for road users and improving accident blackspots.

The organisation voiced support for the public consultation that is being held in regard to the proposals.

Spokesman Nigel Humphries said: "Anyone can see that hazards vary along rural roads and so speeds must vary with them."

He added on many routes it is perfectly safe to drive at over 50 mph.

Meanwhile, ABD recently urged the government to follow Spain's example when it comes to cutting traffic accidents and motor insurance claims.

It explained the country reduced fatalities by improving its roads.

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