Online Petition Against Change To National Speed Limit Breaks 20,000 Supporter Barrier

06Apr09

I don’t believe anyone could describe this blog as political. Certainly in the last 200+ posts over the the two years I’ve written thoughts and comment here, I can’t remember writing about U.K. domestic legislation before.

But then of course, I don’t often get asked how I feel about changes to motoring legislation. And I do love cars. So this post is a bit of a departure from the norm for me.

The U.K. government are currently considering introducing a cut in the national speed limit, down from 60 to 50mph.

This is an interesting point, principally because it appears so unclear as to where the benefit will be in such a move?

From what I’ve read about the issues, it appears that such a modest speed cut would have:
- little, if any, positive effect on the environment
- little, if any, positive effect on road safety
- little, if any, positive effect on fuel economy
- little, if any, positive effect on traffic congestion or traffic calming

What it would of course do is provide licence for more speed cameras. A familiar theme on some blogs perhaps, but not something I’ve taken to writing about before. But it’s the apparent lack of benefit in making this proposed change that I find so annoying.

I’d very much like to see evidence that clearly and unquestionably makes this legislation change worth supporting?

If you are a British citizen and wish to join the petition against the proposed legislation, you may click HERE.

The government will be deciding on the issue in September 2009.

Over 20,000 people have voted against the move so far.

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