HGV Single carriage way speed restriction.

Currently HGV's are required to not exceed 40mph on single carriageway roads, which causes car drivers to attempt overtaking. As this occurs IN BOTH DIRECTIONS at the same time many head-on accidents occur, causing death, injury, and road closures.

If the speed was raised for HGV's and lowered for all other vehicles to 50mph, overtaking would not be necessary, and the overtaking would diminsh, thereby saving lives, and permitting the road to function more safely, with much less cost to the emergency services, and a reduction in road closure.

If this were implemented as a change to the 'National Speed Limit', it would be made at a very minimal cost.

Why is this idea important?

Currently HGV's are required to not exceed 40mph on single carriageway roads, which causes car drivers to attempt overtaking. As this occurs IN BOTH DIRECTIONS at the same time many head-on accidents occur, causing death, injury, and road closures.

If the speed was raised for HGV's and lowered for all other vehicles to 50mph, overtaking would not be necessary, and the overtaking would diminsh, thereby saving lives, and permitting the road to function more safely, with much less cost to the emergency services, and a reduction in road closure.

If this were implemented as a change to the 'National Speed Limit', it would be made at a very minimal cost.

Remove reversing alarms from vehicles

The current requirement to have all vehicles larger than a car sound a shrill alarm when reversing is unnecessary.

It is the driver's responsibility to make sure it is safe to proceed at all times. The current status quo shifts this and is used to intimidate visually impaired and other people out of the driver's way. If the driver cannot see it is clear he or she should enlist the help of a colleague and/or use side mirrors and proceed with more caution.

If nothing else at least the volume could be reduced. If a vehicle is in danger of hitting someone, they must be reasonably close. It cannot be necessary to have the alarms heard 500m away. And a person who is severely visually and hearing impaired will be in danger from traffic no matter what excessive noise is made.

Why is this idea important?

The current requirement to have all vehicles larger than a car sound a shrill alarm when reversing is unnecessary.

It is the driver's responsibility to make sure it is safe to proceed at all times. The current status quo shifts this and is used to intimidate visually impaired and other people out of the driver's way. If the driver cannot see it is clear he or she should enlist the help of a colleague and/or use side mirrors and proceed with more caution.

If nothing else at least the volume could be reduced. If a vehicle is in danger of hitting someone, they must be reasonably close. It cannot be necessary to have the alarms heard 500m away. And a person who is severely visually and hearing impaired will be in danger from traffic no matter what excessive noise is made.

Control Lorry Overtaking on Motorways

A lorry may not overtake another vehicle on the Motorway unless it is travelling at under 55 MPH. An overtaking lorry must fall back if it is unable to sucessfulyy overtake within two minutes.

An alterantive would be ban all Lorry overtaking abouve 50 MPH except in new  "Overtaking Allowed" sections (on hills).

Why is this idea important?

A lorry may not overtake another vehicle on the Motorway unless it is travelling at under 55 MPH. An overtaking lorry must fall back if it is unable to sucessfulyy overtake within two minutes.

An alterantive would be ban all Lorry overtaking abouve 50 MPH except in new  "Overtaking Allowed" sections (on hills).