Brake logoYesterday the Daily Star newspaper reported that Prime Minister David Cameron was ‘ready to put the brakes on raising the motorway speed limit to 80mph’ following comments from new Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin that ‘safety is paramount’.

Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive of road safety charity Brake, said: “We are extremely pleased by this news and hope to hear further confirmation from government soon. Evidence shows 80mph limits would cause more people to be killed and seriously injured on motorways, as well as creating more CO2, while it is doubtful they would lead to significant journey time savings.

“We warmly welcome Mr McLoughlin’s comments that his priority is the safety of road users, and his acknowledgement that managing traffic speed is crucial in preventing needless deaths and injuries. We look forward to hearing more from the new transport ministers on how they will usher in a better era for safety on roads and help to counter the recent increase in casualties.”

The No to 80 campaign is coordinated by Brake and backed by Campaign for Better Transport, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Greenpeace, Operation Noah, RoadPeace, Road Victims Trust, The UK Noise Association and 10:10.