Public rejects new speed limit plan

Public rejects new speed limit plan

A majority of Britons are against the Government's plan to reduce the national speed limit from 60mph to 50mph on single-carriageway roads, a new survey shows.

As many as 83% of the 40,554 people polled by MSN cars rejected the proposal to reduce the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in urban areas and 60mph to 50mph in rural areas.

The changes, which could be imposed as early as next year, would affect around 66% of the roads in Britain. But the Government has not yet revealed any plans for changing the rural road signs to show the new speed limits and motorists not aware of the new rule might end up paying a fine.

Shadow transport secretary Theresa Villier noted that an appeal to the Prime Minister not to cut the national speed limit to 50mph features in the top three public petitions on the Number 10 website.

The National Audit Office recently backed the plans, releasing a report that showed 20mph zones with road humps have seen pedestrian accidents drop by 29% and collisions involving cyclists reduced by 63%.

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