Charities rally to fight proposals for 80mph motorway limit, counting the cost in money and lives
Plans to increase the speed limits on motorways to 80mph will cost the country up to £1bn a year, including counting the cost of potential extra injuries and deaths, according to safety campaigners.
Road safety charity Brake is spearheading a coalition of like-minded organisations that has launched a campaign to protest against the government's plans to increase motorway speed limits. You can read the official press release here.
The move is a reaction to a Government consultation on proposals to raise the motorway speed limit from 70mph to 80mph.
The plan to raise speed limits was originally announced by former transport secretary Phillip Hammond and, should it come to fruition, would start with a trial period on selected parts of the motorways network.
But the Brake-led coalition vehemently opposes the idea, saying that costs will "exceed £1 billion annually in economic terms, mean more families needlessly suffering from motorway crashes and casualties, millions of tonnes more carbon pumped into the atmosphere each year and further damage to tranquillity in the countryside".
Brake reckons, specifically, that the costs to health and emergency services could hit £62.4m, carbon costs would total £180.4m, and £766.6m in fuel costs.
AA President Edmund King was perhaps more sanguine when he spoke to the Telegraph on the subject last week: "Some stretches of motorway are more suitable for 80mph than others," he said. "If you don't have adequate central reservation barriers, a hard shoulder and variable speed limit message signs then the road is not safe for 80mph."
Roads Minister Mike Penning said: "The Department is carrying out work to assess the potential economic, safety and environmental impacts of trialling 80mph speed limits on motorways where variable limits are currently in place.
"This work is ongoing and no final decisions have yet been taken about which stretches of motorway would be included in any proposed trial. We plan to bring forward detailed proposals and start consultation during the next few months."
Ashamed to say that I used to work for one of their sponsors.
In my defense I didn't know until now.
Johnnytheboy28 May 2012
Always worth reminding people that BRAKE list a large number of corporate sponsors on their website.
Vote with your feet by boycotting these supporters, and email them to tell them you are doing so.
stemll28 May 2012
There is no such thing a an accident, there is always someone to blame.
Only a small percentage of accidents can be called accidents.
Have you made your mind up yet?
bigdog328 May 2012
Every time i am on the motorway the majority of fast lane users at doing 80mph anyway so what's the big deal??
Precisely... Raising the limit to 80mph aligns with real traffic speeds with indications suggesting a tiny reduction in accidents. Regardless BRAKE consider these plans to be "INHUMANE"...
fishman28 May 2012
Every time i am on the motorway the majority of fast lane users at doing 80mph anyway so what's the big deal?? Clearly the Brake organization are full of sandle and sock wearing numpties who should stick to tree hugging and whinging about global warming.