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MPs' metric move to cut limits
Speed limits should be slashed to just over 40mph on motorways, say MPs

And they've devised a cost-effective way of cutting legal limits on all roads in a stroke.

Nia Griffith, Labour MP for Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, wants UK speed signs to be read as kilometres per hour instead of the familiar miles per hour - and 70kph on M-ways equates to 43mph. This would cut the limits by two-thirds without having to replace a single signpost.

The radical call came as MPs discussed climate change last week. "A national speed limit of 50mph would make roads safer," said Griffith. "And I suggest we interpret all signs in kph, so 30mph would be 30kph - around 20mph. And 40mph would mean 40kph, or 25mph. This wouldn't cost a lot.

"We all want our cars and the freedom to use them. But why could we not decide to have a much reduced speed limit? Few people realise how much of an economy they can make by travelling more slowly, but at present they are unable to do that without feeling they are holding up other road users."

Backing the suggestion, Lynne Featherstone, the Lib Dem MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, N London, added: "This is a good idea, and it would be very cheap to implement; the ease with which ordinary people can do things and the cost of the proposals is important."

Meanwhile, MPs have been asked to vote on graduated speeding penalties without knowing what the final upper thresholds would be. The new measures in the Road Safety Bill have been debated in Parliament.

The idea would bring in fixed fines and points for different speeds. It's thought that doing up to 39mph in a 30mph zone would bring two points with up to 45mph attract*ing three. Drivers travelling at more than 46mph would get six points. But MPs don't know the upper limit over 46mph.

Brian Gregory, of the Association of Brit*ish Drivers, said: "It's absurd that MPs are voting without having all the facts."
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So in other words the Government would make a fortune in TAXES from people having to go and buy KPH clocks for there vehicals :D :D :D

Cant see that EVER happening TBFH :rolleyes:


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HoTWire said:
Speed does not = pollution,.. these people are idiots... I can run my Diesel Smart at 2,000 rpm and get 70 out of it... so its at its most efficient and at the speed limit,.. these people need a talking to...
ALong the same lines of people think that being in fifth at 20mph wiht their foot on the ground at 800rpm as it shudders and shakes is saving fuel and engine wear.
 

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hermand said:
ALong the same lines of people think that being in fifth at 20mph wiht their foot on the ground at 800rpm as it shudders and shakes is saving fuel and engine wear.
it does :crazy:

4000rpm created engine `wear` when it blew out a spark plug lastnight :lol:

motorbikes have 6 gears/high reving, you think they are going to do 40mph? add a 1 infront of it and you`ll be close.

even adhering to the speedlimit properly lastnight it still took me 50minutes to do 40 odd miles, large sections of that were 70mph! if the entire journy was 40mph, in theory it should only take me an hour to get home(although i wouldnt get out of 3rd) although i could bet money it would take me about 2!

and then when you have whats normally a 6 hour trip up north... how did this work again?

wasnt the idea to burn as much petrol as possible so the government got more tax?
 
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