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Liz Truss ready to scrap 70mph limits on motorways

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Prime Ministerial hopeful Liz Truss is reportedly prepared to look at scrapping 70mph speed limits on motorways. Her move would bring the UK closer to nations like Germany, where some sections on autobahns are unrestricted.

She told a Tory hustings: “On speed limits, we need to be prepared to look at that … I can’t give you a precise answer.” On smart motorways, she said: “I absolutely think that we need to review them and stop them if they are not working as soon as possible.

“And all the evidence I have suggests they’re not working. We need to be prepared to look at that. I do believe that the smart motorways experiment hasn’t worked.”

An audience member, reported the Birmingham Mail, had said: “Smart motorways kill. They also cause long delays because they close lanes off when there’s a breakdown. They also often impose very low speed limits, mandatory ones, much lower than necessary, so will you restore hard shoulders to all motorways and in the meantime will you change the speed limit from mandatory to advisory?”

The highest speed limit in the UK is 70mph, this applies to cars, motorcycles, car-derived vans and dual-purpose vehicles on motorways and dual carriageways. The same vehicles can drive at a maximum speed of 60mph on single carriageways.

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