GEM objects to raising motorway speed limit

Monday, 03 October 2011

Government plans to increase the motorway speed limit to 80mph could be 'disastrous', according to one road safety charity.

GEM Motoring Assist revealed to car insurance policyholders that it cannot understand the coalition's proposals to raise the limit.

David Williams, chief executive at the organisation, said: "There are very obvious road safety implications, including drivers having less time to react at higher speeds. Given the road safety record is currently heading in the wrong direction, this alone is a good enough reason not to raise the limit."

He added that the plans could be deflecting from real issues that cause delays in journeys, such as road works and potholes.

Recently, Next Green Car also criticised transport secretary Philip Hammond for proposals to raise the motorway speed limit.

The organisation revealed to car insurance customers that this would not only be dangerous, but significantly hinder the country's ability to cut road CO2 emissions.

Posted by Rick Malone

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