More than 70% of drivers and riders think that the UK’s motorway speed limit should be increased by at least 10 mph, according to an IAM poll.
The poll of over 2,000 motorists also found that almost 60% say they would be more likely to stick to an 80 mph limit than they are to the current limit of 70 mph.
Of those questioned nearly 60% also admitted to travelling above 70 mph when traffic is free-flowing and uncongested, with 20% of those travelling at 80 mph or faster. The survey concurs with DfT research, which found that 52% of cars exceeded the 70 mph speed limit, and 16% travel at 80 mph or faster.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “Even though motorways are the safest roads, increasing the motorway speed limit is a controversial subject. This is why we want to see a trial to test its impact on road safety, fuel consumption and driver behaviour.
“A new 80 mph limit would need to be properly enforced to make sure that it does not become an excuse to drive at 90.”
“Shortening journey times for people travelling at quieter times, as Phillip Hammond, transport secretary, suggests, is a good idea, providing it doesn’t have a negative effect on safety.”
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