Motorway speed limits for areas undergoing roadworks will be increased from 50mph to 60mph to help drivers reach their destination quicker. Highway
Motorway speed limits for areas undergoing roadworks will be increased from 50mph to 60mph to help drivers reach their destination quicker. Highways England says the new legislation comes after extensive and innovative research and trials.
Feedback from road users also revealed motorists were frustrated at not being able to go quicker through some parts of the motorway.,
Research has also revealed more motorists are happy to stick to the higher 60mph speed limit which reduces the number of speeding drivers.
Deeper analysis of the research has shown drivers saved an average of 3,870 hours of journey time each day with the higher speed limits on the road.
Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England Chief Executive said motorists had become “frustrated” by roadworks which prompted the changes.
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Some areas which have trialled the new 60mph speed rules over the past 18 months were confident with how the scheme has worked.
Many areas were so happy with the new system it was rolled out further.
Roadwork schemes between junctions 13 and 16 in Northamptonshire, junctions 13 to 15 on the M6 near Staffordshire and junctions 3 to 12 on the M4 have continued to use the system.
Highways England said this would be “further benefiting thousands of people” everyday who used to be heavily delayed around the area.
Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus welcomed the change to the driving law which he believed will help motorists.
He revealed the new speeding rules would make journeys more “efficient” and “decrease the frustration” of road users.
He said: “We know road users want speed limits in roadworks to be no lower than necessary to maintain safety – so 60mph in roadworks wherever it is safe to do it is a welcome step.
“The 60mph definitely helps … I just said I can’t believe the time we’ve made up already in our journey.
“Overall, I would say I agree with it being put up to 60 to allow the journey time to be more efficient and to decrease the frustration of drivers.
“Oh excellent, yeah okay, 60mph rather than 50, that means we’ll get through a little bit quicker.”
Road users who break the new speed limit rules will still be punished under the old speeding system if they are caught,
The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points issued on a driving licence.
However, drivers who plead not guilty will need to go to court where penalties can increase.
If you’re found guilty penalties are usually calculated on a percentage of your weekly income.
This is capped at £2,500 for motorway speeding offences while some motorists could have their licence suspended in severe cases.