Increase the motorway speed limit to 80 Mph but police it consistently and efficiently with average speed cameras on all motorways bridges.

70 Mph is too low a limit for modern vehicles and is out of line with the de facto standard across Europe of 130 Km/h. By creating a more appropriate limit traffic will move more consistently which will help to reduce the accident rate and also bring benefits of economic efficiency. The increase in fuel consumption from the slight increase in speed may be offset by this. And it will reduce the demands on the traffic police.

But mainly, it is a fairer law where we know the deal. The speed limit of 80 Mph is probably at the speed that most people would need to drive and if you exceed it, then you will be penalised for sure, rather than the current lottery that depends on whether you are caught.

To remove the issue of harsh penalties for small errors, there should be fixed fines without penalty points for minor infractions, for instance 10 pounds if you hit 81 Mph at some point during the day (but only once per day), 20 pounds for 82 Mph and so on. Above 85 Mph which is likely a deliberate violation then penalty points should be applied.

Additionally, the system of cameras would provide complete and comprehensive information on the current speeds and hence state of congestion of the roads. This should be made public free of charge so that GPS or mobile phones can access the information to increase the efficiency of the network by people avoiding congested areas.

Further, if the system of cameras were augmented with variable maximum speed signs, then these could be used in the case of accidents, fog and so forth. But since they would be at regular intervals of say 1 mile, they could also be used to control traffic at roadworks. Not only would the signs be there, but also the average cameras to enforce the limits. This would reduce the cost of roadworks which would no longer need to place signs and speed cameras.

Why is this idea important?

Although this may not be a change in the law as such, it will let the public know where they stand with regard to motorway (and perhaps also dual carriageway) speed limits.

It also has the potential for economic benefit

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