London Chauffeur Observations of a London Chauffeur

16Apr/107

Would removing the 70 mph speed limit increase lane discipline on UK roads?


Do you ever notice on our Motorways and other main roads that about 50% of the traffic is in the outside lane, 35% in the middle lane and only the remaining 15% (mostly only trucks) occupy the inside slow lane.
This leads to congestion and some rather precarious driving manoeuvres which can make our roads frustrating to drive on as well as extremely dangerous.
I have just come back from a week in Germany where I drove many miles on the autobahns which are mainly 2 lanes only but traffic flows far more smoothly than over here due to incredibly good lane discipline. Admittedly the volume of traffic is not so high but the attitude of drivers toward one another was markedly better than that shown in the UK.
The speed limit is mainly unrestricted on German autobahns and it occurred to me that this could be the key.
It's my opinion that the 70 mph limit breeds a kind of pig headed "I'm doing 70 and no one's going to go past me attitude" by drivers who quite often sit in the outside lane thinking they're doing 70 but due to the inaccuracy of their speedo are probably only doing 65 mph.
They sit in the outside lane almost daring other drivers to overtake them on the inside or show their frustration with them in other ways.
Hugging the middle lane is also a huge problem in the UK with drivers failing to keep an eye on their mirrors or maybe even deliberately causing an obstruction to vehicles approaching them at faster speeds i.e. other vehicles undergoing overtaking manoeuvres.
In Germany however, everyone has the right to go as fast as they like and consequently other drivers are happy to leave the fast lane clear for them to do so. I never once saw anyone being discourteous to other road users whilst in Germany.
Let's face it, who cares if someone else wants to go faster than you, they may have a very good reason, it's neither for us to judge nor hinder them.
So please, let's all have a little more consideration for other road users.
Does anyone know of a lobbying group for the abolition or raising of the 70 mph speed limit? If so please leave a comment.