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Abolish the National Speed Limit

Comment 10th July 2010

The 70 mph speed limit on motorways  and dual carriageways has been in force since December 1965. 

Over the time since it was introduced, there have been substantial improvements in vehicle and road safety measure

According to the Association of British Drivers, in 1965, 70 mph represented more than 80% of the maximum speed of average cars, wheras now it represents only 60%. They estimate that at present, 56% of car drivers exceed the motorway speed limit.

Why does this matter?


Drivers know their own limits and the limits of their vehicles. They should be concentrating on the quality of their driving, rather than an arbitrary 45 year old speed limit. 

We should abolish the speed limit and concentrate on preventing dangerous driving.

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