LETTER: Concern over speed limit

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BRAKE, the road safety charity, has reiterated its concern as higher speed limits for large lorries came into effect this week.

As announced by the government last year, speed limits in England and Wales for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes have risen from 40mph to 50mph on single carriageways and from 50mph to 60mph on dual carriageways.

We are disappointed that the government has gone against the advice of road safety groups on this issue.

The decision to increase HGV speed limits is short-sighted and runs against work to more effectively manage traffic speeds and reduce casualties on our roads.

The relationship between speed and casualties is a proven one, so allowing the largest vehicles on our roads to reach higher speeds more often risks more deaths, serious injuries, and additional cost to the taxpayer.

The government itself has admitted that this move will likely have no economic or road safety benefit.

It is a move designed to legitimise the behaviour of those who already break the speed limit while putting the safety of the law-abiding majority second.

It sets a dangerous precedent that if traffic laws are persistently flouted; the government would rather change them than enforce them.

Gary Rae,

Brake’s campaigns manager.