What if the speed limit on UK motorways could be raised to 80 mph?
Motorway speed limits could rise to 80 mph to shorten journey times and boost the economy under a radical review of road safety, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond signalled [Monday].
He is concerned that anti-car campaigners have for too long used ‘road safety’ as a convenient excuse to both stymie raising speed the limit on motorways from the current 70mph, and to push for more 20mph zones in urban areas even when they are inappropriate.
Britain has some of the safest roads in Europe, and within that motorways are by far the safest.
Other European speed limits: 75 mph (Ireland, Spain, Portugal), 81 mph (France, Italy), none whatsoever (a few sections of the German Autobahn).
Disclosure: When I put this piece together, I was listening to Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn.” Yes, all 22-point-something minutes of it.
(Via The Truth About Cars.)