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Motorists oppose lower speed limits on motorways

A web-based survey by the car supermarket giant found 78.1% of drivers opposed proposals announced earlier this year to restrict speeds on a section of the M1 to 60mph. Over 4,100 people participated in the poll on the company’s website – www.motorpoint.co.uk.

The Highways Agency recently revealed that a 34-mile section of the M1 spanning Derbyshire and South Yorkshire would have a maximum speed limit of 60mph between 7am and 7pm seven days a week from 2015 onwards – as part of a drive to meet European Union clean air targets.

Mark Carpenter, managing director of Motorpoint, said: ‘The results of our poll are definitive – drivers don’t want to go any slower on motorways – rather they want to get their destination quicker.

‘The Government needs to be focusing its efforts on using the motorway “smarter” rather than harder, adding lanes wherever possible to free up traffic and avoid costly queues. Motorists are already doing their bit for the environment by buying greener cars in record numbers and the Government needs to respond in kind rather than introducing measures that will only contribute to making our motorways even slower.'

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.