NO to 60mph motorway limit, say 78% of drivers

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 15:00
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OPPOSED: Are you against the limit cut plans?

Plans to lower motorway speed limits have been blasted by almost eight in ten drivers.

A Motorpoint poll of more than 4,100 motorists has revealed that 78.1% do NOT want the government to introduce a 60mph limit on a 34-mile section of the M1.

Under proposals, the section – spanning Derbyshire and Yorkshire – would have the maximum limit enforced between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week, from 2015.

The plans have been mooted as part of a drive to meet European Union clean air targets.

“The government needs to be focusing its efforts on making the motorway ‘smarter’ rather than harder, adding lanes wherever possible to free up traffic and avoid costly queues.”

Mark Carpenter, Motorpoint

Mark Carpenter, Managing Director of Motorpoint, said: “The results of our poll are definitive – drivers don’t want to go any slower on motorways – rather they want to get their destination quicker.

“The government needs to be focusing its efforts on making the motorway ‘smarter’ rather than harder, adding lanes wherever possible to free up traffic and avoid costly queues.

“Motorists are already doing their bit for the environment by buying greener cars in record numbers and the government needs to respond in kind rather than introducing measures that will only contribute to making our motorways even slower.”

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