The Government is to press ahead with trialling a condition-dependent 80mph speed limit on up to seven sections of the UK’s motorway network (MSN).
Justine Greening, transport secretary, has announced plans to test a condition-dependent limit similar to that in place in other European countries. According to MSN, ministers are using the French motorway system as an example where a lower limit is applied in poor driving conditions.
The variable 80mph limit will be applied through electronic signage on parts of the M25, M1, M6, M42 and M20.
According to the MSN article, safety cameras will be used to enforce the new trial speed, without the normal amount of leeway for drivers exceeding the limit. Police guidelines usually state a “10% plus 2mph” margin, which would enable drivers to travel at 90mph without prosecution. It is likely that the variable 80mph limit will only be used on motorways with three or more lanes,
Mike Penning, road safety minister, said: “I hope the public are listening to me, because average speed cameras, especially on managed motorways, are ridiculously accurate.
“The argument, which will be in the public consultation, is what we enforce over 80mph. The answer will be that 80mph will be the speed limit, and not, as we interpret it today, perhaps 90mph.”
MSN says that a study looking at the potential for introducing an 80mph limit, including details of the proposed pilot scheme, will be published in early summer.
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