The proposal to increase the national speed limit to 80mph is a pre-emptive strike against those able to present compelling evidence that a lower limit of between 50mph and 60mph would have substantial and lasting social, economic and environmental benefits, according to a report in the Guardian (2/10/11).
The announcement about raising the limit is expected at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this week.
The Guardian reports that excessive and differential speeds are the main causes of road congestion, costing over £20bn per year, and will also prevent the UK meeting its carbon reduction targets set by the Committee on Climate Change, which supports a 60mph limit.
According to the Guardian, the DfT has admitted that such a reduction in speed is "necessary but politically impossible".
Click here to read the full Guardian report.