Consent of the governed
70mph motorway speed limit has become "discredited" and resulted in
millions of motorists breaking the law, Transport Secretary Philip
Hammond said today as he confirmed plans to consult on allowing it
rise to 80mph.
Mr Hammond told the Conservative Party conference the move would "restore the legitimacy" of the system and benefit the economy by "hundreds of millions of pounds".
He said: "The limit that was introduced way back in 1965 - when the typical family car was a Ford Anglia."
Mr Hammond said he owned an Anglia, as did Baroness Thatcher when she became an MP, but added: "Things have changed quite a bit since then. There have been huge advances in car technology, road deaths have been reduced by three-quarters.
"Meanwhile, the 70mph limit has been discredited because it failed to keep up with these changes - with almost half of all motorists exceeding it, bringing the law into disrepute.
"So I will consult on increasing the limit on motorways to 80 mph, bringing millions of decent motorists back within the law, restoring the legitimacy of the speed limit system, speeding up journey times, improving productivity and delivering hundreds of millions ofpounds of net economic benefits."
a thing illegal and it acquires a mystique. Look at arson - I mean,
many of us can honestly say that at one time or another he hasn't
fire to some great public building? I know I have. The only way to
bring the crime figures down is to reduce the number of offences.