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Government responds to claims it will cut the national speed limit to 50mph

The government has confirmed it has no plans to reduce the national speed limit to 50mph.

It had been claimed that the government was planning a blanket reduction of the national speed limit on single track roads from 60mph to 50mph, but it has denied that this will be the case.

Instead it plans to look at the speed limit on individual roads on a case by case basis.

More than 45,000 signatures have been obtained on a petition called ‘No NSL reduction’ set up on the Number 10 website.

It said: “Following the announcement that the government is planning to reduce the national speed limit to 50 miles per hour, we the undersigned oppose this, since it will make no difference to road deaths and the cut in carbon emissions is so insignificantly small it’s laughable.”

In a statement responding to the petition, the government said “it is not proposing to reduce the national speed limit”.

It continued: “On 21 April the government published a consultation on the new road safety strategy: A Safer Way: Consultation on Making Britain’s roads the Safest in the World, which closed on 14 July. It sought views on the vision, targets and measures for improving road safety in Great Britain in the period from 2010.

“Regarding single carriageway roads where the national speed limit applies, the government propose to revise our existing guidance to highway authorities, recommending that lower limits are adopted where risks are relatively high and there is evidence that a lower limit would reduce casualties.

“The government believes that this targeted approach is the best way to ensure that speed limits are set at the appropriate level for each road.

“The government will announce the results of the consultation at the end of the year.”

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Pauldalg 7 October 2009

Re: No cut in national speed limit

PS - sorry for the terrible grammar in the post!

Pauldalg 7 October 2009

Re: No cut in national speed limit

Go away you complete TW*T!

I've made it my personal mission to stop you putting useless comments on this forum. The text will have to change slightly as you cannot duplicate it on different threads, but I think you get the gist. You're either 11 years old, or of limited intelligence where you think people are laughing with you, and not at you.

Before you start typing engage you're brain and consider if your comments will stimulate debate, or inform, and not just fill the forum with cr*p. In most cases you see to think you're Westwood, and believe me that's not a good thing.

Scoobman 5 October 2009

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Dr.Car wrote:
I don't understand why they would reduce the speed limit. I may sound stupid but i think they should increase the speed limit because of the massive leap in car safety over the years and I know for a fact most of Britains motorists would not like the speed reduced

The Government wants to reduce the number of accidents, and in particular, the number of casualties on our roads. A laudable aim. However, rather than pay to make roads safer, which is expensive, they can make some reductions in casualties by passing the buck onto motorists by making us drive more slowly. Lower speeds reduce the severity of accidents quite a lot, although don't reduce the number of accidents very much.

One example of the Government acting sensibly was the introduction of high-grip tarmac at junctions and crossings. There is so much more they could do. Car manufacturers have made massive improvements to vehicles, after all.