In June, the Government apparently decided not to introduce an 80 mph motorway speed limit. However, Stephen Hammond, a transport minister, has now said that the Government has “not stopped work” on the idea of raising the speed limit ”’but it’s not a priority.”
“Given that a lot of people travel at 80 miles per hour and we could enforce 80 miles per hour, at some stage we will want to come back and look at it.”
He said that he could “only guess” as to why the policy was dropped by the Government.
He also refused to respond when asked if he had ever driven at 80mph.
Some experts have suggested the only way of enforcing the higher speed limit would be to install cameras to monitor average speeds on all motorways, which could prove extremely costly.
Britain’s speed limits are lower than many other countries in Europe. France, for example, imposes a maximum of 81mph, while Germany has no restriction at all.
Half of all motorway drivers currently break the 70mph limit, according to recent studies.
Increasing the speed limit to 80 mph has been discussed for years. Whether or not it is a good idea, it is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future.
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