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Speed limit increase will not benefit motorists

29 September 2011
Reacting to reports that Philip Hammond is planning to announce an increase to the motorway speed limit to 80mph, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"Increasing the motorway speed limit to 80mph would not help the economy and would increase costs for drivers. It would also add to pollution and increase road casualties. Responsible motorists know that driving steadily at or below 70mph is most fuel efficient, reduces jams and is safer.

"Opinion surveys show that the public will only support increases if they come with full enforcement, which is not possible in the current economic climate without a massive increase in the number of speed cameras on our motorways. This is a empty gesture that would not benefit anyone."