Over 70% of drivers want faster motorways

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Over 70 per cent of drivers believe that the speed limit on UK motorways should be increased by at least ten mph.

This is according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which claims that in a poll of over 2,000 car insurance owners the majority want to see the current 70 mph limit raised.

Furthermore, the report found that 60 per cent of drivers noted they were more likely to stick to an 80 mph speed rather than 70 mph.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM, said: "Even though motorways are the safest roads, increasing the motorway speed limit is a controversial subject.

"This is why we want to see a trial to test its impact on road safety, fuel consumption and driver behaviour."

Recently, the transport secretary Philip Hammond noted that the government could put forward plans to increase motorway speed limits across the UK this year.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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