New motorway speed limit increase will ‘not impact road safety’ despite major changes

New motorway speed limit increase will ‘not impact road safety’ despite major changes

New motorway speed limit haegs have been introduced by Highways England after extensive research and trials. The updates will see the upper limits along areas under roadworks increase from 50mph to 60mph which will save time for motorists. 

Tests have revealed drivers saved an average of 3,780 hours journey time each day with the new rules in place which could help cut congestion. 

This was supported by Rebecxa Ashton, spokesperson for road safety charity IAM RoadSmart predicted the changes would help “separate traffic”. 

She said: “Previous research showed that drivers felt less stressed when the speed limit was increased in motorway roadworks. 

“Allowing cars to travel at 60mph will help to separate traffic, avoid bunching, giving a quicker and less stressful journey.”

“Plus we have very long stretches of roadworks such as the 32 miles being converted to smart motorway on the M4 between junctions 3 and 12, where 60mph would seem much more appropriate.”

Highways England revealed a range of drivers had praised the increased speed limits with many sharing their positive experience. 

One road user said: “The 60mph definitely helps … I just said I can’t believe the time we’ve made up already in our journey”. 

Another motorist added: “Overall, I would say I agree with it being put up to 60 to allow the journey time to be more efficient and to decrease the frustration of drivers.”

Those caught going faster than the new 660mph limit will be issued fines. 

The minimum penalty is a £100 fine and three penalty points on a driving licence but this can rise in severe cases.  

If drivers appeal the fine or put drivers in severe danger, road users could need to attend a court hearing where fines can rise up to £2,500.

Published at Tue, 28 Jul 2020 14:02:30 +0000