London, 2 July 2002.
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ABD Calls For Experts To Set Speed Limits
The Association of British Drivers calls for an independent body of road safety experts to take over the setting of speed limits.
Following years of spectacular localised bungling of speed management by often unqualified and uninformed local authorities, the Association of British Drivers calls upon the government to make drastic changes.

Local authorities have clearly demonstrated that they cannot be trusted with this vital road safety task, often going against police advice in favour of that of vociferous local councillors who are not even obliged to hold a driving licence, let alone have any expert knowledge.

The ABD calls for the establishment of an independent national body for speed limits. This would be run by those who have expert knowledge on the subject and who have no political or financial motives. The body should be headed by: Police Traffic Officers, The Institute Of Advanced Motorists, RoSPA's Advanced Driving Association and The Driving Standards Agency. Participant should include: The RAC Foundation, AA, British Motorcyclists Federation, Motorcycle Action Group, Road Haulage Association, and the Association of British Drivers. Of course non motorised transport road user groups must have an input too, with the proviso that all inputing members should be required to hold at the very least an advanced driving certificate for the class of vehicle they are passing judgement on to ensure that they fully understand what is a safe maximum speed for a particular vehicle on a specific road. Non drivers often have little comprehension of safe speeds.

ABD Road Safety spokesman, Mark McArthur-Christie said:

"For speed limits to be respected by road users, it is essential that they are appropriate to the road environment and set on a consistent basis between different authorities. When it is increasingly common for drivers to encounter a 60 mph limit in one authority, and a 30 mph in its next door neighbour, on roads of similar character, it is hardly surprising that limits are held in growing disrepute."
ABD chairman, Brian Gregory added:
"British road users deserve a coherent, nationally consistent policy of easily recognised, speed limits with a sensible, fair approach to enforcement that takes into account the prevailing road conditions."

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