New Trial- Motorway Speed Limits to be 60mph
A new trial set to be introduced by the end of September, will see some parts of UK motorways operating at a reduced speed limit of 60mph. This trial by Highways England will apply to four sections of the motorway network as part of an effort to reduce air pollution, but how long will it last for?
For many years, air pollution has been recognised as a major issue in the UK, with some areas suffering worse than others. This motorway trial is the latest of numerous projects looking at reducing vehicle emissions. The aim is to examine the effect reducing motorway speed limits to 60mph will have on air pollution levels nearby. The project will be in place for at least 12 months to assess the impact it's having on air quality level. This is likely to be extended if the trial appears to be a success. Furthermore, it will operate for 24 hours per day and drivers failing to stick to the new limit risk a £100 fine and three penalty points on their licence.
Which sections of the motorway network will this apply to?
The trial will apply to the M1 (between junctions 33 and 34), the M6 (between junctions six and seven), the M602 (between junctions one and three) and the M5 (between junctions one and two). These sections have been recognised as having high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from car engines. Each section is up to 4.5 miles long which will be expanded if the trial proves successful. New road signs will be displayed on the motorway to show the new speed limit so watch out for these in order to avoid getting fined.
The start of this trial is fast approaching but what do you think of it?
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