Motorway speed limit under scrutiny
According to the RAC, Philip Hammond will push for the current 70mph limit to be raised to 80mph, as millions of UK drivers already break the speed limit anyway and such a move would “restore the legitimacy”.
He added: “The limit was introduced way back in 1965 - when the typical family car was a Ford Anglia. Things have changed quite a bit since then. There have been huge advances in car technology, road deaths have been reduced by three-quarters."
Whilst he believes that technology has paved the way for a higher speed limit, those opposing the plans believe that it will only increase the number of car accidents, which will in turn raise car insurance premiums.
The RAC has also reported on a study by Autocar, which seems to support Hammond’s claim that the current speed limit is regularly ignored by drivers. According to the study, 95% of drivers speed on motorways, and the resulting convictions can push up car insurance premiums, meaning that a higher speed limit could actually benefit motorists financially.