Common sense or government (vote winning) jargon?
That’s what I’ve been left wondering after seeing the government isn’t planning to cut the national speed limit on single track roads from 60mph to 50mph.
I’m not an expert on government speak, but it would seem that it’s now a given that we won’t see a blanket reduction with its statement claiming “it is not proposing to reduce the national speed limit”.
Instead, we’re going to see roads looked at on an individual basis and the government is “recommending that lower limits are adopted where risks are relatively high and there is evidence that a lower limit would reduce casualties”. I'm sure they'll try and make a case for every road asopting a 50mph limit...
Now I’m of the opinion that there’s no such thing as an unsafe road, only unsafe driving, but that’s something for another blog. What the government hasn’t said, however, is how it intends to ensure the new lower speed limits on 50mph are policed.
Are we going to see even more fixed speed cameras? Or how about some of the average speed checkers that are cropping up more and more, especially in sections of motorway roadworks.
I was one of the 45,000 who signed the petition calling the introduction of the national speed limit to be scrapped. It seems those who signed it, for now, have their wish.
The government says the results of the consultation into ‘Making Britain’s roads the Safest in the World’ will be published at the end of the year. I somehow get the feeling, despite the government’s promise not to introduce it, that we haven’t seen the end of the 50mph national speed limit…