Should The Motorway Speed Limit Be Raised?Watch
what country is that !? 40 on the motorways, damn!!
Jersey, we don't have motorways, just 1 dual carriage way.
In Germany on the autobahn there is no speed limit and it is very common to see cars going at 150+ mph but they drive so close to each other so any sudden braking is going to be fatal. Lorries aren't allowed on the autobahn so this enables traffic to move quickly and not be slowed down.
There's a part of me that feels that the speed limit should be 80-90mph+ on the motorway because the time when the speed limit was introduced, cars were very dated. Cars are now much more capable of stopping and handling at those and higher speeds. However i feel there are too many un-educated motorists that would just see it as an excuse to drive down the motorway tailgating someone at 100+mph and not being able to react to the handling of their car at that speed.
I refuse to drive or own a car. I use public transport regulary it works well (well at least in Manchester). I can go to the city centre within 20 minutes (the buses are 2 minutes) you don't need to worry about parking or having an accident. My bus travel costs me less than £10 a week. So I have money for the finer things in life.
There is simply no need to drive in Manchester if you're not running a business. If you're a student like me its so much easier.
the trains in this country are inadequate anyway!
what id like to see is more pedestrianised zones and cycle lanes. it's all very well saying use canal towpaths etc, but its hardly practical for late night trips alone.
how about other measures to cut car use:
£5000 tax on all cars in short run
electronic road pricing in long term
all money hypothacated into public transport
of course any charge like this is inequitable in that it hits the poor just as much as the rich, so how about an extra 0.25p in the pound income tax for anyone who is a registered car user?
As for the income tax increase, that's ridiculous! The car users pay enough extra anyway in road tax and fuel VAT; that would just be an unbearable burden on middle-low income families who have to drive.
As for the original question, I don't think an 80/90mph speed limit would be too bad, as long as it is enforced reliably (unlike the 70 one is). I don't find 70 too slow - I'm quite happy driving at that speed, and once you take my car over about 85, it's just guzzling fuel, which is pointless.
Its the way it is.