The motorway speed limit is being raised to 80mph!

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  • angeltreats 29 Sep 2011 21:58:09 2,601 posts
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    Thought there'd already be a thread about this but I can't find one, so apologies if I've missed it.

    So transport secretary Philip Hammond has announced that they're raising the speed limit on motorways to 80mph (probably from 2013).

    I can't see it making that much difference to be honest, as almost everyone seems to do either 60 or 90 anyway. But the current speed limit was set in 1965 and is way outdated. Cars are safer nowadays, for one thing.

    Wondered what you lot thought of it all.

    Link on the Guardian website
  • Jazzy_Geoff 29 Sep 2011 22:02:49 8,064 posts
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    good. although it changes nothing really.
  • Carlo 29 Sep 2011 22:03:51 18,952 posts
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    Great, my 150mph car is really excited that i'll only ever be able to break the speed limit by 70mph, not 80mph.

    Not that I do more than 60mph to save fuel
  • TheSaint 29 Sep 2011 22:04:26 16,577 posts
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    Doing 70mph in a sixties car must have been pretty terrifying.
  • ResidentKnievel 29 Sep 2011 22:04:52 6,850 posts
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    yay!

    My car can't get anywhere near 70, nevermind 80, but woo all the same.

    edit: @thesaint, it really is.
  • FWB 29 Sep 2011 22:07:54 52,062 posts
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    Used to hit 90 or 100 in my Fiat Panda. The thing shook uncontrollable and was so loud that you couldn't hear the person next to you.

    I do about 80mph now.
  • CosmicFuzz 29 Sep 2011 22:09:19 30,424 posts
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    Nice. Although yeah our car burns through fuel like mad at 80 already.
  • RichDC 29 Sep 2011 22:10:28 6,770 posts
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    I remember in my old fiesta it would be fine until about 65 where it would start shaking. Had then keep pushing past 70 where it would get worse and worse until about 75/80+ where it would then be completely smooth. Made no sense whatever, but was great fun and felt like an accomplishment every time.
  • beastmaster 29 Sep 2011 22:14:36 15,367 posts
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    I was doing 80 today. Pretty much the standard speed I go between work and back.
  • coojam 29 Sep 2011 22:15:06 625 posts
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    That would be your wheel alignment / tracking being out and makes perfect sense. Didn't you think about getting someone to take a look at it?

    With regards to the speed limit, good stuff. I can now do 80 and not feel guilty about it, though I wonder if there will be a massive advertising campaign to inform everyone, otherwise you'll get lots of "dangerous" drivers still sticking well below the 70 mark.
  • RichDC 29 Sep 2011 22:19:15 6,770 posts
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    coojam wrote:
    That would be your wheel alignment / tracking being out and makes perfect sense. Didn't you think about getting someone to take a look at it?
    Some one did look at it. They said it was a death trap and not worth fixing. Was my first and last car. R.I.P. :(
  • angeltreats 29 Sep 2011 22:24:25 2,601 posts
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    I wonder if the 30mph over the speed limit = instaban thing will still apply. Like now, 100mph on a motorway is a ban - will that go up as well so in theory you could be doing 110mph before getting banned, and 100mph would just be points?
  • jonsaan 29 Sep 2011 22:25:36 26,444 posts
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    There's enough mental Fucktards driving like nutters with the current limit. Raising it will just see loons cruising over a ton.
  • speedofthepuma 29 Sep 2011 22:25:54 13,395 posts
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    I didn't know about that rule. Bloody hell, I've been lucky a few times.
  • jonsaan 29 Sep 2011 22:27:59 26,444 posts
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    Anyway it's not speed that's the issue on a motorway. It's the fact that fifty percent of drivers don't understand stopping distance.
  • RichDC 29 Sep 2011 22:28:08 6,770 posts
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    jonsaan wrote:
    There's enough mental Fucktards driving like nutters with the current limit. Raising it will just see loons cruising over a ton.
    What it would need though, is much more rigorous enforcement of the new limit. Of course I imagine by then the coalition will have abolished traffic police as the middle/upper classes don't like being told off by them.
  • JuanKerr 29 Sep 2011 22:30:11 37,625 posts
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    Is that rule actually true? I'm not convinced it is to be honest.
  • JuanKerr 29 Sep 2011 22:30:49 37,625 posts
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    jonsaan wrote:
    Anyway it's not speed that's the issue on a motorway. It's the fact that fifty percent of drivers don't understand stopping distance.

    Yep, and twats sitting in the middle lane oblivious to what's going on around them.
  • Stickman 29 Sep 2011 22:32:16 29,652 posts
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    At least the annoying fucker on my satnav will shut up about observing the speed limit now.
  • mrpon 29 Sep 2011 22:36:58 32,117 posts
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    It means most people will drive 10mph faster.
  • JuanKerr 29 Sep 2011 22:40:38 37,625 posts
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    I'm a tight fuck, so I won't be driving faster than 70mph anyway. Driving at 80 uses a shitload more fuel than driving at 70.
  • jonsaan 29 Sep 2011 22:40:50 26,444 posts
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    I'm not convinced my car will do eighty actually. It may shake apart.
  • X201 29 Sep 2011 22:43:09 17,357 posts
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    80 is stupid. You might as well pour the petrol down the drain.
  • mrpon 29 Sep 2011 22:43:57 32,117 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    I'm a tight fuck.
    Hi gorgeous!

    /flutters eyelids
  • angeltreats 29 Sep 2011 22:45:19 2,601 posts
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    X201 wrote:
    80 is stupid. You might as well pour the petrol down the drain.

    I'd rather have the extra 5 minutes in bed and burn a bit more petrol getting to work :)
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 29 Sep 2011 22:48:47 86,818 posts
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    Far rather have unlimited autobahns, but it'll do I pose.
  • kentmonkey 29 Sep 2011 22:49:10 21,730 posts
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    I drive 18 miles of motorway each way to work and home. I can never do 70, as the fucking retarded 'variable speed limit' is never variable, it's just stuck at 60mph for the whole stretch where they have speed cameras and then 70 for the 2 miles they don't.
  • DaM 29 Sep 2011 22:49:11 15,820 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    Doing 70mph in a sixties car must have been pretty terrifying.

    Remember there was no limit before they brought that in!

    There is a great documentary on BBC4 about the birth of motorways in the UK, which has all the ancient cars speeding up and down, and dying.
  • coojam 29 Sep 2011 22:50:19 625 posts
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    Megapocalypse wrote:
    coojam wrote:
    That would be your wheel alignment / tracking being out and makes perfect sense. Didn't you think about getting someone to take a look at it?
    Some one did look at it. They said it was a death trap and not worth fixing. Was my first and last car. R.I.P. :(

    Oh dear, never great when a car has to go to the big garage in the sky :(
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