Proposed 40Mph Rural Speed Limits

IF the government allow local authorities to cut  speed limits to 40Mph, transport in rural areas will be put back to 1930s  standards. Pre 1974 local councils spent an absolute fortune improving and  widening many miles of road between rural communities to make them safe for the  then national limit of 70 Mph. If cuts in speed limits go through, the  investment of our far sighted forefathers will be completely wasted. Cutting  speed limits will also increase fuel consumption for rural drivers. It would  appear that today’s politicians have had their brains washed by well organized  anti speed campaigners and greens, who’s main aim appears to be to bring back  the Red Flag Act and turn the UK into a third world country when it comes to  transport.


If road safety campaigners were serious about actually reducing  accidents they would all propose annual eyesight tests. However, as they get  most of their funding from the transport industry it would appear that they  would prefer more accidents at lower speeds.

I expect that most rural  accidents are caused by tourists going relatively slow watching the scenery not  the road ahead. Reducing rural speed limits to 40 Mph will not cut accidents as  most rural accidents occur in locations where the safe speed may be as low as 30  or even less than 20 Mph. Cutting the current allowed maximum of 60 Mph will  actually encourage some drivers to go faster where road conditions do not allow  higher speed.
Many rural road accidents are caused by drivers foolishly  swerving to avoid small animals like rabbits and pheasants. Killing something  like a sheep is surely preferable to risking you life, running over things like  rabbits and pheasants wont even damage your vehicle. Similarly parking in  potentially dangerous locations like in blind bends and over the brow of a hill  can be easily avoided. Pedestrians should not always follow the highway code to  the letter, crossing over to the side of the bend where you can easily be seen  from a reasonable distance is advisable

Keeping rural speed limits at the  current 60Mph is more important now the prospect of spy in the sky satellite  tracking and road pricing looms on the horizon. It would appear that there are  plans to put lower limits on every road except the more expensive trunk roads.  This will restrict choice to avoid the routes with the highest rates and still  get to your destination in a reasonable time. It could be said that rural speed  limits are almost impractical or impossible to police, but with spy in the sky  tracking, they can get you anywhere between two fixed points. Any average driver  is faced with the prospect of becoming a criminal he is skilful enough to  complete his rural journey at an average over 40Mph. I seem to remember of  something in New Labour’s “clause 4 ” about allowing people to attain their full  potential, not much sign of it in policy when it comes to driving.

It is  interesting to note that both the current opposers are potential eco-fascists.  It is pretty obvious that those leading the call for lower rural speed limits  are almost exclusively townies who are probably not good drivers themselves.  This country is being wrecked by narrow minded people who because they can’t do  something safely themselves think that nobody else is capable of doing it  either. Like the Foxhunting Ban, policy is all about trying to destroy the rural  economy so that ten bob fat cat city dwellers can ” Escape to the Country ” and  take the homes currently occupied by indigenous rural people. Like the road fuel  tax escalator, its all part of a general trend for ethnic cleansing by  stealth.


6 thoughts on “Proposed 40Mph Rural Speed Limits

  1. In the UK, originally the Black Diagonal sign meant “derestricted”, that’s why there’s no number on it, “Rural” speed limits were originally introduced in 1965. The 70 mph (113 km/h) speed limit on motorways as an emergency measure, due to a number of “pile-ups” in the fog. Later on this was rolled out across all de-limted roads, and supposedly to save on fuel during the “oil crises”. is all this still relevant today ? Drivers must still drive “with due care and attention” and “at a speed which it is safe to do so, and within seeing and braking distance”

  2. The National Speed Limit was cut to 50 Mph during the 70s oil crisis then put back up to 60 for A roads when the 70 limit was restored to the Motorways, I seem to remember that most people ignored said limits just like they are doing now with the new Corporate Nazi Mph 20 zones in towns !

  3. Actually most rural motorists don’t avoid rabbits or pheasants but deer are a bit more difficult due to the damage they do to your car and whilst most country folk don’t drive like Hamilton it’s the middle aged affluent bikers who kill themselves. I know that round the next corner on a bend farmer George has thoughtfully parked his tractor having his lunch

  4. The police never even bother to check the eyesight of people who are involved in accidents so I suspect that nobody really knows and you can’t eye test dead people anyway. Its said that 1 in 6 drivers would fail the driving eye test !

  5. Two factors CAUSE accidents. Human error and mechanical failure. The later needs no further explanation. Human error. ‘An accident occurs when someone momentarily does somrthing wrong. The three main causes are’.
    1) Failing to keep left – 30%
    2) Incorrect lane changing and overtaking – 30%
    3) Inattention – 30%
    Everthing else is in the remaining 10% that is
    Tyre blow out
    Wheel fell off
    Steering failed
    Brakes failed
    Sun in eyes
    Bee in car
    Dog ran out
    The list goes on
    Speed does not CAUSE the accidents. People do.
    U.K. statistics. 97% of accidents occur under the speed limit. Hmmm interesting.
    From the remaining 3% we need to subtract illegal activities ( eg police chases) and suicide.
    The figure we are left with is 1% or less accidents are CAUSED by speed.
    A fool can see we are targeting the wrong people and the wrong causes and that is the reason the accident rate is not reducing
    Your comment please

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