Motoring organisations are predicting a backlash from drivers following proposals to further increase the implementation of 20mph speed limit areas across the UK.
It is thought that the frustratingly low speed could cause motorists to become annoyed, reducing driving standards and road safety, rather than improving them.
Designated ‘slow zones’ are already in force throughout the UK, with Bristol, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle all featuring areas with a 20mph speed limit.
Alliance of British Drivers spokesman and former traffic police officer Keith Peat:
“20mph zones will be counter productive and create more accidents. What you’ll get is drivers driving to the speedometer. It’s safer that drivers drive to what they’re seeing outside the car and not to what their speed needle is saying.”
Despite potential criticism from motorists, it appears there is a case for the 20mph limits to be widened.
Research by The Independent puts those in favour of a 20mph speed restriction in residential areas at 62%.
In order to combat possible ramifications of a widespread 30mph zone declassification the Commons Transport Committee outlined that implementation of the plans would require thorough planning and liaison between local authorities, the police and motoring groups.
TODAY’S THE DAY FOR CAR BREAKDOWNS
Your car is most likely to break down today, 2 January 2013, according to breakdown organisation Green Flag.
With people returning to work after the Christmas break today is statistically the worst day of the year for unreliability, furthering the back to work blues of many around the UK.
Cars are used less over the holiday period, and combined with cold, wet weather it means a greater risk of a breakdown when you come to use your vehicle.
According to Green Flag the most likely problem will be non-starting cars and flat batteries, accounting for nearly 50% of all callouts.
Green Flag spokesperson, Miranda Schunke:
“Batteries fail more often in these conditions, and the increased use of de-misters, heaters and windscreen wipers places and extra strain on them.”
Breakdown callouts reach highest levels in December and January – 15% higher than any other month – due to problems associated with seasonal weather conditions.
The breakdown firm revealed its top 10 reasons for callouts:
1: Non-starts / flat battery
3: Problems with tyres
4:Problems with drive
5: Electrical problems
6: Mechanical problems
7: Cooling system
8: Fault with keys
9: Lack of fuel
10: Exhaust problems