Motorways: Speed Limits

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 25 October 2022.

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Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of speed limits on smart motorways.

Photo of Katherine Fletcher Katherine Fletcher Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Rules 124-125 of The Highway Code set out the speed limits applicable on motorways (including smart motorways), in accordance with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Smart motorways have variable mandatory speed limits to smooth traffic flow, and reduce congestion, and have electronic signs to warn drivers of incidents ahead. This enables less speeding, tailgating and fewer rapid changes of speed.

Enforcement by the Police is one of a number of measures which are used to encourage compliance with variable speed limits and ensure that schemes are working as intended.

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