Car insurance: ABD slams govt on road speeds

Wednesday, 23 August 2006

The Association of British Drivers (ABD) has criticised the government for changing the way speed limits are set.

The road safety group has raised concerns that the changes were actually opposed by many police forces and could result in more accidents on UK roads.

Although the government has decided that all future speed limits will be determined using average vehicle speeds and this is likely to mean lower speed limits being set, the ABD is concerned that this could result in more people breaking the speed limit and having points on their driving licence as well as encouraging lazy driving.

The consultation on the proposed changes was responded to by 18 police organisations, with 11 opposing the changes.

ABD policy director, Mark McArthur-Christie, said: "The organisations with arguably the best knowledge of how speed limits work in practice - the police - have voted decisively against a change to mean speeds for speed limit setting."

He added: "Skills are eroded if drivers are encouraged to offload their responsibility and slavishly drive at the posted speed limit regardless. Switched-off, zombie drivers are dangerous drivers."

Motorists who are caught breaking the speed limit could face a fine and points on their licence, thus meaning that their car insurance premiums are likely to rise.

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