The Department for Transport (DfT) has called for a review of speed limits, which could lead to them being raised, but there is no plan to change the National Speed Limit.
The review is “designed to promote greater clarity and consistency”, and covers the setting of speed limits on single and dual-carriageways other than those covered by the National Speed Limit. These are set by local traffic authorities, but the government wants a nationwide model to avoid confusion. Local authorities will implement any changes by 2011.
Limits are more likely to be lowered than raised, but there is scope for increasing of limits where appropriate.
“Realistic and consistent speed limits help to keep traffic moving freely and safely,” said transport minister Stephen Ladyman. “Our new guidance encourages lowering speed limits where the evidence warrants it but equally traffic authorities should consider increasing limits if it can be done safely.”