Is this the end for the 60mph speed limit?

Published on 6 July 2018 by Robert Drane

The 60mph national speed limit should be reduced on rural roads, recommends a new report.

Commissioned by the Department for Transport, the Road Safety Management Capacity Review suggests that a 5% decrease in the national speed limit could reduce deaths on rural roads by 30%.

In 2012, the government ran a public consultation to restrict many rural roads to 40mph. At the time, Ralph Smyth, from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “It seems strange that you've got minor roads, often that are just tarmaced tracks, that have a speed limit of 60mph – just 10mph less than the motorways.”

The new report also recommends introducing more average speed cameras, as statistics that suggest they reduce fatal and serious collisions by 36%.

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