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Old 19-10-2006   #1
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40mph motorway speed limit?

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The cost-saving ideas are good. Don't touch any signs, just tell everyone they mean kph instead of mph. However there are some serious issues with a 40mph motorway limit.

First, at almost half the speed of original travel, there will, at busier times, be yet more congestion, as almost twice the cars are occupying the road. Second, dawdling along at 40mph, people are gonna get so bored, fall asleep, play with toys and likely have a crash due to their attention being diverted.

Then there's other factors regarding pollution etc as at 40mph some motorway mile munchers will be labouring in top gear, using more fuel in the process. Selecting a lower gear means less economy and more pollution. Also at the new speed engines will be running almost twice as long anyway, which sure as hell won't be healthy.

I love the way MPs can come up with such bold ideas without, it seems, running them past any real people. *Shrugs* It can't be long before these ridiculous ideas are binned or completely ridiculed. The sooner the better I think.
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

madness,defeats the purpose of having m/ways.
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

That would never work.
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

No offence but he's welsh. What do you expect???? Totally stupid idea and doubt it will be implemented. Imagine how long it would take to get places. The transport industry would suffer, the royal mail would suffer everyone. Not a chance.

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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

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No offence but he's welsh. What do you expect???? Totally stupid idea and doubt it will be implemented. Imagine how long it would take to get places. The transport industry would suffer, the royal mail would suffer everyone. Not a chance.

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Oi less of the Welsh, you raised the same points i was thinking.
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

well as has been said already, the slower cars travel the more congestion is created, and its directly proportional (inverse square law).

basically you travel half the speed, and you will get ~ 4times the congestion on the roads.

are these MP's thick? after all its the *highest* job you can get without any real qualifications.

You know something, out of the 16 countries I drove thru and 13,000miles covered, the ONLY country I had difficulty with traffic on ANY main road (outside a city centre) was the m25/m3/m4/m20 bit, took us 7hours to travel about 150miles

I did a better milage than that on roads in kazahkstan, and they were shocking

also we reseve the right to be british, by keeping our miles, and our lb's and pennies.
screw the kph's
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

i think a good hard slap from Mr Common Sense would quickly shut that idiot up.
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

their reasoning is to cut pollution etc? in that case id just drive on the motorway in 2nd gear at high revs to kick as much crap out as poss.

i mean, come on, looking at my car, do i really give a toss about the enviroment and the ammount of crap my car kicks out? lol

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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

I think we as a nation are taking this whole enviroment thing far too seriously.

yes making cuts here and there will effect things and the future may look rosier.

but they are making TOO many cuts and that on car users. when infact its industry (I mean FFS they aren't gonna build any new nuke power stations now in teh UK because of protests, instead they are building two gas power stations and some smelly incintertors ).
and chain stores like tesco's and asda NOT recylding their waste as well as they should. most recycle their cardboard, but not all that plastic and glass etc, which is where the REAL Differences can be made.

also bring back reusable milk bottles!!! WTF they make a glass milkbottle, use it once, then smash it up, remake it and use it like that. stupid or what, why not just clean them properly

Also AMERICA and RUSSIA and CHINA!!!
sort them out and I think this planet will last a damn site longer, lets face it our country is tiny, if we ALL Stopped driving tommorrow, all industry closed down, and we all stopped farting, the planet is still gonna head toward doom at pretty much the same rate (we're talking less than 1% global influence here for the entire country).

just get out there and have a plastic bonfire while you still can.
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

What a joke! It,ll never work so it'll probably be put into practise next month Since when has any mp listened to their public?
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

Thats rediculous and there is no chance it will come into force. Personally I want autobahns
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

Well youre never gonna get autobahns We're more likely to go back to stagecoaches
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

autobahn much produce less emmisions per mile than our motorways?
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

What they gunna do when theres road works on, lower it to 10 mph
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Re: 40mph motorway speed limit?

There are some motorists who voluntarily use that speed limit as is. Theyre the very bloody dangerous ones, that usually call for me to try and to impromptu brake tests :@

I agree with Sam's point entirely....
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