The Association of British Drivers (ABD) has warned that localism could bring the setting of speed limits into disrepute, and potentially cause a road safety issue.
ABD has cautioned that while handing power to local councils and local people may sound good in theory, there are some issues when national strategy is essential. This is particularly pertinent when speed limits are concerned, reports ABD.
Nigel Humphries, ABD spokesman, says: “A small minority of people have come to believe they have the right to dictate the speed at which vehicles pass their house — whilst in most cases being quite happy to drive past other people’s houses at higher, but still perfectly safe speeds.
“This conflict of interests can only be resolved by having national rules on setting of limits in place. We cannot have the situation where a speed limit changes purely because the road enters a different county. Such arbitrary changes bring speed limits into disrepute.
“Local councils have a long history of caving into local pressure and ignoring the advice of the police and other experts when setting limits. Far from improving road safety this undermines compliance and respect for the law.”
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