Vehicles: Speed Limits

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have any plans to require new road vehicles to have a maximum speed of 70 miles per hour for road safety reasons.

Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Government Whip, Government Whip

There are no plans to require 70 mph speed limiters for new motorcycles, passenger cars or light goods vehicles.

However, under current EU legislation, all new goods vehicles with a maximum mass of more than 3,500 kilograms are already limited to 90 kmh (56 mph) and all new passenger-carrying vehicles with more than eight passenger seats are already limited to 100 kmh (62.5 mph).

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Nigel Perry
Posted on 3 Apr 2008 12:52 am (Report this annotation)

Not much hope of fast motorway coach journeys, then.

I'd be more impressed if multi-passenger vehicles had to be able to stop and turn properly.

Can't have the coaches of the proletariat travelling at the same speed as the limousines of the commissars, can we?

They would have nobbled motor-bicycles, but fitting speed regulators to those proved lethal.