Concerns over motorway speed plans

Drivers could soon see the motorway speed limit raised to 80mph to cut journey times and boost the economy, a newspaper has reported.

But the move, which the paper claims has "broad agreement" within the Coalition Government and among civil servants, has been dismissed by the Department for Transport as "speculation".

The report says a review of road safety is likely to recommend raising the current 70mph speed limit.

The newspaper adds the new speed limit would be policed more strictly and there would be more 20mph zones in residential areas.

However, it makes no mention of what impact, if any, an increased speed limit would have on car insurance premiums orbreakdown cover.

Julie Townsend, campaigns director for Brake, said that if the proposals were 1, they would be "immoral" and could cause more road accidents.

"It would be highly immoral to raise motorway speed limits when research indicates it would lead to more deaths and injuries," she said.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: "Any proposal to change national speed limits would be subject to full public consultation."

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