IAM supports motorway speed limit increase trials

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The IAM welcomes the proposals for a trial to increase the motorway speed limit from 70 to 80 mph.

The IAM welcomes the proposals for a trial to increase the motorway speed limit from 70 to 80 mph. With well established controlled and managed sections of the motorway network in existence already, it is feasible to assess its practicality and safety, and gauge driver's reaction to it.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “We support a trial of an increase to 80 mph on controlled sections of the motorway.

An increase may yield economic benefits of shorter journey times, but this has to be balanced against the potential road safety issues."

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Notes for Editors:

The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

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