Under Government plans, there is a proposal to increase the motorway speed limit to 80 miles per hour by 2013.
The current speed limit of 70mph was introduced back in 1965 and is thought to be outdates and has lost legitimacy. With vehicle technology and design and improved road conditions, raising the speed limit could not only bring the UK in line with other EU countries but generate significant economic benefits, particularly from savings in travel time.
Not everyone is in favour of the proposed changes, RAC Foundation Professor Stephen Glaister said: “Drivers may reach their destination quicker however, they could be using up to 20% more fuel and emit 20% more CO2.”
There is also a danger that motorists that push the 70mph speed limit now and reach speeds of up to 80mph will be pushing speeds of 90mph when the new speed limit comes into place.
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