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Government proposes speed limit increase

Plans to increase the speed limit on English and Welsh motorways from 70mph to 80mph have come under fire.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond is claiming that the current limit, introduced in 1965, is now out of date, considering advances in safety and motoring technology.

He also believes that the increase would bring greater efficiencies to businesses using the roads network.

But the Green Party has said the plan would increase carbon emissions, while road safety campaigners have said it would lead to more accidents and casualties.

The consultation begins this year with a view to raising the limit in 2013.

Road safety charity Brake's chief executive Mary Williams said: "This is a selfish move that will achieve nothing other than carnage and is pandering to an uninformed few.”

Read the next edition of Fleet News for further comment and insight into the Government’s proposals.

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