The ABD surveys the battlefield

Last night whilst doing some research into European driving standards and statistics, I came across this simple but informative graphic showing the various maximum speed limits in place across motorways/freeways in European countries.

Map of Europe showing motorway speed limits of various countries in kilometres per hour

It’s not new information, but it is a reminder of both the divergence across the continent, as well as the difference between the UK and, eg, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Coincidentally (see point number 11 below), I also received an e-mail from the ABD this morning detailing their ‘wish list’ of motorist demands. In other words, what the government must do to win back the support of the driver.

The list is certainly food for thought, so I’ll lay it out unedited and invite you to comment below or tweet your thoughts to @torquespeak.

What do you think about the wish list from the ABD? Any items which you definitely do or don’t agree with? Any points that you feel have been missed? I’ll update the post to include a selection of the feedback in due course.

The ABD wish list

1. Establish a fuel duty stabiliser as promised pre election. This would lower the duty as oil prices rise and vice versa.

2. Scrap Vehicle Excise Duty and put a revenue neutral amount on fuel. This does away with mountains of bureaucracy and taxes usage, not ownership.

3. Scrap New Labour’s ‘mean speed’ setting of speed limits which criminalises 50% of drivers and return to the proven safety maximising 85th Percentile method.

4. In conjunction with (3) above, ensure cameras are only used at genuine accident blackspots by a full and deep analysis of accidents at all camera sites.

5. Scrap the plans to punish those who keep uninsured vehicles off the road and SORN. SORN was a dismal failure in preventing evasion of Vehicle Excise Duty whilst punishing the innocent and was also one of the most called for laws to be scrapped on the coalition’s ‘Your Freedom’ website. The new plan will be more of the same.

7. Increase police traffic patrols to pre speed camera levels with a mission to tackle dangerous and reckless driving backed up by effective punishments.

6. Scrap the plan to allow councils to charge what they like for parking.

7. Promise to force councils to remove any yellow lines which are not there for valid safety reasons.

8. Promise to scrap any underused bus lanes. Scrapping one high profile example, the M4 bus lane, is not enough.

9. Instead of high speed rail which will benefit few, promise to upgrade the road system with new bypasses and completion of the motorway network.

10. Take positive action on utilities digging up the roads.

11. Take away the right for local authorities to introduce 20mph speed limits without government approval and increase the motorway speed limit to 80mph to reflect reality.

2 thoughts on “The ABD surveys the battlefield

  1. Sorry, but in Spain the limit was lowered to 110 because of the war in Libya, to save fuel. Yes, Zapatero is great and his amazing historical ideas too XD.

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