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UK News Motorway speed limits could be raised to 80mph thanks to electric vehicles, says Transport Secretary

12:55  03 october  2019
12:55  03 october  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Motorway speed limits could be increased to 80mph thanks to electric vehicles, it has been reported.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is apparently looking at raising the speed limit on motorwaysand some dual carriageways based on the premise that any increased pollution will be offset by the increasing numbers of electric vehicles on the road.

Mr Shapps told an event at the Conservative Party conference that when speed limits were last reviewed in 2011, the decision was taken not to increase them because of environment concerns, the Telegraph reported.

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Speed limits on motorways could go up to 80 mph as drivers switch to electric vehicles , according to the Transport Secretary . Grant Shapps says he is exploring the possibility of increasing the speed limit on motorways and some dual carriageways having concluded that any increased

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“I think there is an argument for looking at our speed limits, both in terms of higher speed limits and actually lower limits - 20mph outside of schools,” Mr Shapps - himself a driver of an electric car - is reported to have said.

“I think there is an argument that once you have increased the level of electrification and therefore decreased or entirely removed carbon, that you might look at those things again,” he added.

Grant Shapps in a suit standing in front of a building: Dean Archer, a chauffeur and former local Labour Party councillor in Welwyn Hatfiled is reflected in a bronze plaque while he speaks to Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps as he arrives at television studios in central London, March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth © Provided by Oath Inc. Dean Archer, a chauffeur and former local Labour Party councillor in Welwyn Hatfiled is reflected in a bronze plaque while he speaks to Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps as he arrives at television studios in central London, March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The speed limit on motorways has been 70mph since 1965 but some argue that limit should be increased.

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but the public prefer going 10mph slower Highways England boss says that the speed limit could increase in certain areas He argued it would be safe to increase the limit in parts of the road network Mr O'Sullivan said that due to the safety issues that would be raised by having both types of

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The RAC previously said the 70mph speed limit should be reviewed, following figures from its Report on Motoring that suggested while compliance with speed limits on lower speed roads was improving, there had been a reduction in those sticking to the 70mph limit.

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Jim O'Sullivan, chief executive of Highways England, also previously said that it was possible to raise the limit but it was “socially embedded in this country”.

But some road safety campaigners argue against raising speed limits, saying it will increase the number of accidents and deaths on the road.

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