Speed limit on the motorway to be raised to 80mph

The UK motorway speed limit is set to rise from 70mph to 80mph.

Vehicles have advanced ridiculously since 1965 when the 70mph speed limit was introduced, cars are much safer and efficient. Philip Hammond, Transport Secretary believes the current limit is “out of date” and needs to rise “to get Britain moving”.

“Now it is time to put Britain back in the fast lane of global economies and look again at the motorway speed limit which is nearly 50 years old, and out of date thanks to huge advances in safety and motoring technology,” Hammond said.

“Increasing the motorway speed limit to 80mph would generate economic benefits of hundreds of millions of pounds through shorter journey times. So we will consult later this year on raising the limit to get Britain moving.”

Department of Transport has said additional consultation is needed before setting the new speed limit in 2013.

With nearly 50% of drivers breaking the law by driving at 80mph everyday and police often not borthering to enforce the speed limit on drivers going 10mph more, are people likely to respect the rules if it was increased?