Safe drivers face quicker journeys

Drivers who keep to the speed limit could be rewarded with fewer red lights following a rethink by the Government, it has been revealed.

Previously, the Department for Transport (DfT) was not positive about "green wave" sensors, whereby drivers travelling within the speed limit set off devices which produces a succession of green traffic lights on the road ahead.

Councils are now thinking of the system's benefits in the wake of new fuel taxation guidelines.

The RAC's motoring strategist Adrian Tink said: "Green wave is a common sense win-win initiative that will actually help motorists as they go about their daily lives as well as reduce carbon emissions."

He explained the system is very successfully in other countries and would go towards cutting road transport CO2 emissions in the future.

"Let's hope this is the start of motoring being seen by policymakers as more than just an easy target for tax revenue," he added.

But a spokesman for the Campaign for Better Transport said the devices were 'fantastic' for making the best available use of space and allowing drivers to drive in a smooth and efficient manner, but they still failed to address the issue of congestion in the long term as they gave no alternative to driving.

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