7 in 10 drivers want motorway speed limits lowered in wet weather

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7 in 10 drivers want motorway speed limits lowered in wet weather

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"Nearly three-quarters of drivers (72 per cent) would like to see the standard 70mph speed limit on motorways reduced in wet weather to improve road safety and encourage better driving habits, RAC research has found.
Of 2100 drivers surveyed, a third (33 per cent) said the limit should be reduced to 60mph in the wet, while seven per cent think it should be cut to 65mph. Seventeen per cent of drivers would like an even lower limit of 55mph or even 50mph, while 14 per cent would like to see the limit cut but aren’t sure by how much.
Official figures also show that wet roads and drivers travelling too fast for the conditions were respectively the cause of some 259 and 242 motorway collisions in 2018.
The RAC says France is currently the only European country to reduce speed limits during inclement weather, with the 130km/h (80mph) limit reduced to 110km/h (68mph)."
https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/drivi ... t-weather/
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No doubt the new smart motorways have the capability to communicate with all the new cars to send a signal to their ECUs to govern the speed.

Perhaps I should stop listening to Black Sabbath

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qanF-91aJo&t=4s

Seriously I think the dry limit should increase to 80 and have there should be a reduced wet limit. The problem you will get though is what constitutes a wet motorway, and at the moment Boris and his boys don't have the cash to put up illuminated signs on the whole of the Motorway network.
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Air quality speed limit trials are also taking place:-
https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/ ... it-trials/
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What's the speed limit for HGVs, not 70. I think the reduction in NOX, if any, will be very low.

This year NOX is the enemy, next year it will be something else. More money and resources wasted on something to justify the next round of stealth taxes.

I note that Blaydon in Gateshead is one of the places which they are monitoring the air quality. Reducing the speed limited here will have very little effect as during rush hour and shopping times the traffic can barely get above 40 MPH. The high levels of pollutants are due more to congestion that excessive speed. Therefore it looks like they are attempting to justify a reduction in the speed limit by using false research.


This quote from the page sums up the understanding these civil servants have of the general population. They think we are all as thick as shit by the looks of it. And as for not having the tech to make a multi level sign to show what vehicles can do what speeds, have they never been passed a toll sign?
The speed limit is set to give a consistent message to vehicle drivers. While there are currently different speed limits for different classes of vehicles (HGVs for example), it would be very challenging to do so for different types of the same class of vehicle in the limited circumstances of these speed limit trials. This would require different speed limit signs for the drivers of different types of vehicles which could confuse or distract drivers. We do not currently have with the technology or the legal regime to do this and these are not things we can do quickly. We believe our approach is the best way to support achieving compliance in the shortest possible time
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