Removal of the 70 mph motorway limit

 

The 70 mph motorway limit is a relic of the past. Introduced in 1965 when cars lacked the modern safety features that almost every car on Britain's roads today have.  Today most drivers ignore the limit anyway, so why not scrap it completely? At the very least it should be raised.
The autobahn system in which an advisory speed limit of 80 mph is set is very effective and there is no noticeable difference in casualties between German autobahns and British motorways. The fact is for many days of the year it is perfectly safe for a vehicle to travel at speeds greater than 70 mph. And for those days where it isn't? Well I'm sure the British public have the ability to exercise some degree of common sense.

Why is this idea important?

 

The 70 mph motorway limit is a relic of the past. Introduced in 1965 when cars lacked the modern safety features that almost every car on Britain's roads today have.  Today most drivers ignore the limit anyway, so why not scrap it completely? At the very least it should be raised.
The autobahn system in which an advisory speed limit of 80 mph is set is very effective and there is no noticeable difference in casualties between German autobahns and British motorways. The fact is for many days of the year it is perfectly safe for a vehicle to travel at speeds greater than 70 mph. And for those days where it isn't? Well I'm sure the British public have the ability to exercise some degree of common sense.

Raise Motorway Speed Limit to 100MPH & Scrap 20 MPH Zones

I wish that laws were based on normal responsible people and not on the lowest common denominator of intelligence.

Speed limits should rise to 100 MPH on the motorway as contemporary vehicles are considerably better equipped to deal with breaking and avoidance of collision. Are we all really so inept and thoughtless that we cannot handle 100MPH? Of course not, it would mean that instead of ignoring the law, drivers would finally respect it.

Remove ALL 20MPH zones other than outside schools. Again, the inclusion of 20MPH zones is based solely on the lowest common denominator of driver. Everybody I know can stop just as easily at 30MPH because, wait for it, they use their heads while driving and keep an eye on the road ahead, like most people.

Why is this idea important?

I wish that laws were based on normal responsible people and not on the lowest common denominator of intelligence.

Speed limits should rise to 100 MPH on the motorway as contemporary vehicles are considerably better equipped to deal with breaking and avoidance of collision. Are we all really so inept and thoughtless that we cannot handle 100MPH? Of course not, it would mean that instead of ignoring the law, drivers would finally respect it.

Remove ALL 20MPH zones other than outside schools. Again, the inclusion of 20MPH zones is based solely on the lowest common denominator of driver. Everybody I know can stop just as easily at 30MPH because, wait for it, they use their heads while driving and keep an eye on the road ahead, like most people.

Under 10 mph on motorways – allow mobiles, eating etc.

I propose that laws and regulations which prohibit, when driving, the use of mobiles phones, eating and drinking be relaxed under very specific circumstances as follows:

 

On Motorways, when a vehicle is travelling at less than 10 miles per hour because of a recognisable problem

Why is this idea important?

I propose that laws and regulations which prohibit, when driving, the use of mobiles phones, eating and drinking be relaxed under very specific circumstances as follows:

 

On Motorways, when a vehicle is travelling at less than 10 miles per hour because of a recognisable problem

Introduce an Motorway Card

A 'vignette' type system similar to Switzerland whereby you pay an annual fee of, say, £50 to use UK Motorways.  HGVs would also have to pay a higher rate – say £500.  The Motorway card could be paid for when you renew your car tax and a sticker with the year could be put on your windscreen to show you had paid for annual access to the UK Motorway network.  Foreign HGVs and road users would also have to pay for the Motorway card and could buy theirs online or at UK entry ports.

Why is this idea important?

A 'vignette' type system similar to Switzerland whereby you pay an annual fee of, say, £50 to use UK Motorways.  HGVs would also have to pay a higher rate – say £500.  The Motorway card could be paid for when you renew your car tax and a sticker with the year could be put on your windscreen to show you had paid for annual access to the UK Motorway network.  Foreign HGVs and road users would also have to pay for the Motorway card and could buy theirs online or at UK entry ports.

Raise motorway upper speed limit

As a current professional driver (and former police officer), I believe serious consideration should be given to raising the upper speed limit from 70mph to 80mph (or even 90 mph).  Most drivers can be observed on any day of the week,  travelling at 80 mph – when not restricted to the 50mph "average speed" in the multitude of road works enforced by cameras. 

Why is this idea important?

As a current professional driver (and former police officer), I believe serious consideration should be given to raising the upper speed limit from 70mph to 80mph (or even 90 mph).  Most drivers can be observed on any day of the week,  travelling at 80 mph – when not restricted to the 50mph "average speed" in the multitude of road works enforced by cameras. 

Allow undertaking on Motorways

Changing lanes on a motorway is one of the most dangerous exercises you can do. At present the rules state you should stay in lane 1 where possible. Thus to overtake a slow car in lane 1 you have to pull out into 2 and perhaps 3 and then back to 2 and back to 1. And you should do this continuously as you reach another car!  Everyone doing this according to the rules would actually cause mayhem.

In fact people stay in the lane they are in and just overtake as necessary so part of my proposal is already there. I suggest instead of changing lanes to avoid undertaking so can just continue on until you reach a slower car. For instance if you are in lane 2 and reach a slower car, then if lane 3 is full you move to lane 1 and stay there until you reach a slower car. 

Why is this idea important?

Changing lanes on a motorway is one of the most dangerous exercises you can do. At present the rules state you should stay in lane 1 where possible. Thus to overtake a slow car in lane 1 you have to pull out into 2 and perhaps 3 and then back to 2 and back to 1. And you should do this continuously as you reach another car!  Everyone doing this according to the rules would actually cause mayhem.

In fact people stay in the lane they are in and just overtake as necessary so part of my proposal is already there. I suggest instead of changing lanes to avoid undertaking so can just continue on until you reach a slower car. For instance if you are in lane 2 and reach a slower car, then if lane 3 is full you move to lane 1 and stay there until you reach a slower car. 

Minimum Speed Limits to be introduced on motorways

Do you ever get fed up by that pensioner with his flat cap on in a small car driving along at less than 50 mph on the motorway? Its time this is stopped – introduce a minimum speed limit on motorways to forces people to drive at a set speed when the traffic is moving, thus promoting quicker journeys and less queues on motorways as people wont get stuck behind them and slow other lanes down when overtaking.

Why is this idea important?

Do you ever get fed up by that pensioner with his flat cap on in a small car driving along at less than 50 mph on the motorway? Its time this is stopped – introduce a minimum speed limit on motorways to forces people to drive at a set speed when the traffic is moving, thus promoting quicker journeys and less queues on motorways as people wont get stuck behind them and slow other lanes down when overtaking.

Increase motorway speed after 7PM

The maximum speed limit for UK motorways was last set in 1965 .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_speed_limits_in_the_United_Kingdom

I feel that with the way car safety has improved & the money that has been spent improving our motorways since this time the limit should now be reviewed. On just about every motorway in Britain there are electronic signs to tell you to slow down when traffic is heavy, so why can these not do the opposite when traffic is quiet after the rush hour has passed?

Why is this idea important?

The maximum speed limit for UK motorways was last set in 1965 .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_speed_limits_in_the_United_Kingdom

I feel that with the way car safety has improved & the money that has been spent improving our motorways since this time the limit should now be reviewed. On just about every motorway in Britain there are electronic signs to tell you to slow down when traffic is heavy, so why can these not do the opposite when traffic is quiet after the rush hour has passed?

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).

remove maximum speed limits on motorways

The biggest problem with accidents seems to me to be drivers not putting enough distance between themseleves and teh car in front  – not speed.sppeds on motorways are effected by volume of cars.

increase the speed and in theory cars get off the motorway faster , which may help eleviate traffic queues – when there is a queue there is a "natural" speed limit in place – ie – the car in front so why not help us get off the motorways quickly by removing the speed limit.

Why is this idea important?

The biggest problem with accidents seems to me to be drivers not putting enough distance between themseleves and teh car in front  – not speed.sppeds on motorways are effected by volume of cars.

increase the speed and in theory cars get off the motorway faster , which may help eleviate traffic queues – when there is a queue there is a "natural" speed limit in place – ie – the car in front so why not help us get off the motorways quickly by removing the speed limit.

Remove all speed limits on motorways

The current 70mph limit on our motorways is woefully outdated,
in the real world how many drivers actually abide by it?

I suggest a removal of the motorway speed limit, to be replaced by more charges of careless or dangerous driving.
Consider this,

Person A is driving on a motorway at 6am on clear dry Sunday morning,very few vehicles on the road.
They are travelling at 100mph.

Person B is driving on the same motorway in winter at a busy period,
weaving in and out of traffic at 70mph.

Who is more dangerous?

We need less arbitary rules and a move towards common sense allowing police to exercise their judgement.
 

Why is this idea important?

The current 70mph limit on our motorways is woefully outdated,
in the real world how many drivers actually abide by it?

I suggest a removal of the motorway speed limit, to be replaced by more charges of careless or dangerous driving.
Consider this,

Person A is driving on a motorway at 6am on clear dry Sunday morning,very few vehicles on the road.
They are travelling at 100mph.

Person B is driving on the same motorway in winter at a busy period,
weaving in and out of traffic at 70mph.

Who is more dangerous?

We need less arbitary rules and a move towards common sense allowing police to exercise their judgement.