Government on a Collision Course with Motoring
It is somewhat confusing that on one hand the Government wants to appease motorists by increasing the maximum speed limit on motorways yet is putting the victims of motor accidents at risk of not receiving their due compensation because of proposed legislation around referral fees.
While the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety have said the new 80mph limit will lead to as much as a 10 per cent increase in motorway casualties, the Government insist that the change will help the economy by reducing travel time on the roads. But as the current average speed on the motorways is only 69mph then raising the maximum limit may not be as effective as they think.
The positive side of this change is the proposal to increase the amount of 20mph zones in built up areas.
Whatever the changes, it does appear on the face of it that an increase in speed limits and a reduction in access to free legal advice to motorists is an accident waiting to happen.
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