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Drivers keen to see motorway limit raised to 80mph

  Friday, 17 June 2011

The latest survey by the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) has revealed almost three-quarters of Britain’s drivers are keen to see the speed limit on UK motorways raised to 80mph from the existing 70mph limit.

Over 70 per cent of the 2,000-plus motorists surveyed believed they would be far more likely to stick to the speed limit if it was raised to 80mph.

As a result of the existing speed limit almost two-thirds of respondents admitted to driving above 70mph when traffic is free-flowing on motorways, while a fifth even confessed to driving 80mph or faster.

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.

“A new 80 miles per hour limit would need to be properly enforced to make sure that it does not become an excuse to drive at 90.”

A supporting study by the Department for Transport highlighted that over half (52 per cent) of vehicles break the 70mph limit in free-flowing motorway traffic. There is nothing to suggest that this attitude would change if the speed limit was raised to 80mph.

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