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#591321 - 30th Sep 2011 8:39am Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph
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MOTORWAY speed limits are to go up from 70mph to 80mph, the Government confirmed yesterday.
The new maximum for cars and vans will come into force within two years, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced.

As he launched a consultation ahead of the change in 2013, he insisted experience abroad showed a "minimal" safety impact.

The 70mph limit dates from 1965 before seatbelt laws and airbags.

Mr Hammond branded it "out of date" and said the new limit will give a huge boost to UK finances.

But Greenpeace scoffed: "The Saudi oil minister will be rubbing his hands with glee."

Mr Hammond said: "It is time to put Britain back in the fast lane of global economies."

He said quicker journey times will benefit the country by "hundreds of millions of pounds" even though a similar change in Denmark saw overall speeds actually increase by less than 6mph.

Accidents barely rose and Mr Hammond pointed to massive advances in brakes and safety features since our 70mph limit was imposed almost 50 years ago.

He said: "The economic benefits will outweigh the very, very small impact on casualty numbers."

The Irish and Spanish can already do 75mph. The French and Italians drive at 81mph. German autobahns have no limit.

Ellen Booth, of safety campaign Brake, said deaths are "likely to increase".

The AA said: "The best speed limits are ones drivers understand and respect."

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#591325 - 30th Sep 2011 8:56am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Clive]
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I've always thought modern cars would be built in such a way so when they are driving at 70mph they are at their most economical (gearing ect) ?. Or is that me just making things up again raftl

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#591362 - 30th Sep 2011 10:24am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Clive]
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Raise motorway limit (maybe have a higher limit on the fast lane only) and lower speed limit in built up and school areas.

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#591372 - 30th Sep 2011 10:50am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Clive]
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I'll continue to drive in the same way I always have, which is watching the road, being aware of all junctions and other traffic and not overdriving my brakes or my field of vision.

In my view there is a massive difference between driving too fast and exceeding the limit.

If the limit goes up to 80 then I will continue to drive at 100 when I feel it's safe, just like I'll continue to drive slower than 30 past a school even though 30 would be 'legal'.



EDIT: I have 3 points coming my way for 47 in a 40 on a well lit dual carriageway at 2am... it won't stop me exceeding the limit, it's just a risk you take.



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#591373 - 30th Sep 2011 10:50am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Wheels]
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I've always thought modern cars would be built in such a way so when they are driving at 70mph they are at their most economical (gearing ect) ?. Or is that me just making things up again raftl


I think that's you making it up. Different cars will have different speeds at which they are most economical.
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#591381 - 30th Sep 2011 10:59am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Clive]
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Think its about time they raised the motorway speed limit. Think they should have a minimum limit too.
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#591384 - 30th Sep 2011 11:05am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Clive]
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Mine is most efficient at about 55 especially if I'm behind a truck but its soul destroying so I don't bother. That's in a 2.0 diesil by the way.

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#591391 - 30th Sep 2011 11:17am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Pepper_Head]
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Originally Posted By: Pepper_Head
Think its about time they raised the motorway speed limit. Think they should have a minimum limit too.


I think the ROI has a minimum limit of 30 but I'm sure nothing like that exists here. You'd be more likely to be prosecuted for careless or dangerous driving if your speed was causing an issue.
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#591394 - 30th Sep 2011 11:19am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: KevinFinity]
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Mine is most efficient at about 55 especially if I'm behind a truck but its soul destroying so I don't bother. That's in a 2.0 diesil by the way.


I remember reading that 56 was the speed at which it was generally accepted you would be being most economical, on average.

If I'm driving for work I tend to sit at the same speed as the lorries/trucks, mainly as there's no need to risk speeding fines etc when I'm in no rush and also because I'm getting 40p for each of these miles so if I can make the tank last 350 miles rather than 250 then that's 40 in my pocket.
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#591411 - 30th Sep 2011 11:48am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Clive]
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Well people who join the motorway from a standing start in 1st gear & then proceed down the motorway & 50 in the middle lane are a danger to other road users.
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#591414 - 30th Sep 2011 11:53am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Pepper_Head]
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I drove down to Bournemouth a few month ago, and I never went over 60 I was comfortable at that speed so that is what I will do.
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#591416 - 30th Sep 2011 11:54am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Clive]
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I drove down to Bournemouth a few month ago, and I never went over 60 I was comfortable at that speed so that is what I will do.


Thats fine mate in the correct lane.
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#591422 - 30th Sep 2011 11:58am Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Clive]
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Not many things make me as angry as a middle lane moron.
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#591423 - 30th Sep 2011 12:01pm Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: AlexB]
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#591430 - 30th Sep 2011 12:10pm Re: Motorway Speed limit to rise to 80mph [Re: Clive]
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Originally Posted By: Willo
sorry


I wasn't calling you a MLM...

But, if you are... lamethrower

Haha.
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