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80 mph Motorways in 2013 for the UK

I see that the motorway speed limit will increase from 70mph to 80mph in 2013, under Government plans Philip Hammond the Transport Secretary has said today

"This is a clear proposal from the Government to increase the motorway speed limit to 80 miles an hour.
Principally this is about the huge time savings that would be available by improving journey times, hundreds of millions of pounds worth a year of time savings.
And also the benefit of bringing millions of ordinary motorists, who are otherwise law abiding, back on the right side of the law because frankly the current speed limit has lost legitimacy."

For me I tend to cruise at about 80mph so I don't think I will go faster but will instead just enjoy driving more listening to my V6 and enjoying viewing the surroundings rather than constant visual checking for the long arm of the law.

Cars and technology has moved on dramatically in the 40 years or so since the 70 mph figure came out and I believe 80mph is a wise decision

For me its a big plus

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But what about those that I can get away with 78mph (10%+1) and now think that 89mph is ok? Still not sure about this, but I normally sit at about 75mph anyway, best for fuel if the info centre is correct!
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But what about those that I can get away with 78mph (10%+1) and now think that 89mph is ok? Still not sure about this, but I normally sit at about 75mph anyway, best for fuel if the info centre is correct!
I think many are comfortable cruising at approx 80mph because its more realistic to the cars today and indeed the flow of traffic and so will stick around there anyeway and safely within the law as well.

If people speed at 80 + 10 mph then if they get caught they pay the penalty.

As for fuel its so expensive anyway in a few years we will all be doing 50 mph to save fuel. !!

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Just hope that they also impose the speed limits on Mr White Man Van then ... having a large transit tail-gating at 80 is just asking for trouble!
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Just hope that they also impose the speed limits on Mr White Man Van then ... having a large transit tail-gating at 80 is just asking for trouble!
But Mr white van man should only do 60mph on the m'way and dual, only cars are allowed to do 70mph. One of the guys at work got points and a fine for doing 69mph in the middle lane in one of vans a few weeks ago. Then another this week has got done for jumping a red light.
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There isn't a truly sensible argument against raising the limit to 80mph, and it won't be compulsory. There may have to be a bit more driver education to persuade drivers that the middle lane is not there for you to drive in permanently when the left lane is free, and sitting in the outside lane at 79mph will not endear you to anybody behind. Not as many comments here as the BBC have had, 938 at the last count, and various degrees of frothing at the mouth and lunacy!
BBC News - Ministers to consult on 80mph motorway speed limit if you fancy seeing the mind-set of some of those crazy people you drive with on our motorways, some of the attitudes to speed and driving are very strange, to say the least.


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I spent many years living in Germany. Being back here has felt weird, as it would have been fairly unusal for me to drive on a motorway at any other than as close to the vehicles top speed as i can manage!
One thing i have noticed (when getting off the ferry in dover, and for a moment thinking i'm in germany again) is that our roads are bl00dy terrifying when over 90 - the quality of our roads just isn't good enough to go much faster imo.
80mph is still safe, and lets be honest, fairly normal anyway, and would at least bring us in line with most of the continent.
I don't see driving faster would cause much of an increase in accidents - if anything it will be those driving economically causing the pile ups.
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Hopefully Ireland will follow 80mph is plenty fast enough and it's a good cruising speed.
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it's all about the road conditions - 80 is pretty damn fast on dark, rainy winter rush hour morning. but on a dry summer's evening with little traffic? bang it up to 100

i think france has it about right - 80 in the dry, 70 if it's raining


can't believe some of those comments on the BBC news story, there truly are some scary people out there amongst us. just like the people who thought stephenson was a complete heretic with his rocket, and that above 20mph all humans would suffocate

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