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Carbon Emissions: Motorways

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will promote the contribution of moderating driving speeds on motorways to reducing carbon emissions. [HL728]

The current national speed limit of 70 miles per hour on motorways reflects a balance between economic, environmental and safety objectives, but we keep this under review. Enforcement of speed limits is a matter for the police.

The THINK! campaign is aimed at achieving better compliance with road safety law overall, including speed limits. The Act on CO2 campaign encourages smarter driving, including staying at or below the speed limit to reduce emissions.