New research finds majority of fleets support 80mph motorway limit
Navman Wireless opened the discussion on its blog inviting its customers and fleet managers representing a broad spectrum of fleets from across the UK to take part. To date, 68% of participants, largely representing SME business, have voted in favour of the increase.
The results appear to indicate that many business owners welcome the potential for enhanced productivity and customer service that a faster speed limit could facilitate, conflicting with the widely perceived need to reduce fuel spend and carbon emissions.
However, the debate also highlights there a number of complex factors involved in any decision. The potential for increased productivity must be balanced against fuel costs, safety and environmental impact – or whether it will have any real impact on fleets at all.
The effectiveness of the current limit and the implications for a future increase have been called into question. Recognising that many drivers ignore the current limit, some respondents consider that a rise to 80mph will make little difference – or will encourage driving at speeds closer to 90mph.
In addition, challenges are being made as to whether a change in speed limit is the best way to improve motorway driving – with calls for more investment in infrastructure, such as additional lanes and "no overtaking" sections for HGVs on busy stretches of road. Poor driver behaviour, such as incorrect use of the middle lane, is highlighted as another significant barrier to productivity.
The poll, which is open to all UK fleet managers, can be accessed at: http://www.navmanwireless.co.uk/blog