Car insurance: ABD calls for research into lower speed limits

Friday, 11 August 2006

The Association of British Drivers (ABD) has called for an independent watchdog to analyse the implications of introducing lower speed limits.

It claims that, should lower speed limits be introduced subject to the approval of local authorities, it might actually result in more accidents on the roads and more claims on the car insurance.

The ABD argues that drivers having to deal with lower speed limits in certain areas will get frustrated causing them to overtake unnecessarily and tailgate other cars.

This could cause more accidents and more speeding meaning drivers will have less chance of getting cheap car insurance.

Mark McArthur-Christie, director of policy at the ABD, said: "Speed limits are about the bluntest road safety tool we have, but since the early 1990s we've seen more and more reliance on them.

"This new guidance will still allow local authorities to lower limits even further - even where there is no need - so we believe it's time that an independent speed limit watchdog is appointed."

The ABD proposes reducing the speed limit from 60 mph to 50 mph on a selection of single carriageways across the country.

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