Today I hear of yet another attack by the government on the increasingly persecuted, law abiding motorist. It seems that some genius has had the bright idea of lowering the national speed limit to 50 mph on single lane roads and enforcing it with “a new generation of average speed cameras.” As if driving isn’t confusing enough with all the ridiculous signage they say must be placed at the side of the road, now we have to remember to drive at 50 mph when you’re used to driving at 60 mph. No doubt many will be caught out by piggy banks (speed cameras) newly installed on blind bends or in dips or obscured by foliage after the new speed limits are introduced.
The sort of roads were talking about are country lanes in very rural areas which have few houses along them. Now I have no objection to 30 mph limits in villages, people live there and need to cross the road, and there are often young children around. However I find it hard to believe that there is a huge threat posed by motorists who drive at 60 mph on country roads. Britain has some of the safest roads in Europe and motorists have been driving at these speeds for over 30 years now and statistically these are the safest type of roads in the country, with the least number of accidents and fatalities recorded. This government is obsessed by speed and thinks that anyone who strays even 1 mph over the limit is akin to a paedophile. Yet despite their best efforts all these measures have resulted in no change what so ever in road fatalities since they came to power.
Jim Fitzpatrick, the roads minister, defended the plan saying “There will be some in the driving lobby who think this is a further attack and a restriction on people’s freedom.” “But when you compare that to the fact we are killing 3,000 people a year on our roads, it would be irresponsible not to do something about it. I’m sure that the vast majority of motorists would support the proposals.” Don’t count on it mate!
One comment posted by someone on the Times website sums up the general feeling of “the vast majority of motorists” quite well; “If David Cameron promises to get rid of all this nonsense, he’s guaranteed my vote. It’s just one ridiculous new idea after another and I’ve never been so depressed to live here. I’d emigrate if I could.”
This government has been the most anti car government since the days of Barbra Castle when in 1978 the national speed limit was reduced from 70mph to 60mph. They massively increased the number of speed cameras, spent huge sums of money on turning roads into obstacle courses, installed millions of speed bumps, introduced congestion charging, and brought motorists to their knees with their eye watering taxes. But let us not forget all the things they wanted to introduce but were forced to back down on as well. They wanted to install tracking devices in everyone’s car, introduce road pricing, create low emission zones, charge businesses for having free car parks, and introduce speed cameras on all motorways.
If the government hates things like alcohol, smoking, and driving so much then why don’t they just ban them? I’ll tell you why, it’s because they generate too much tax revenue, and because they fear the revolt from the persecuted majority that will inevitably be triggered if they did what they secretly want to do. Remember the fuel protests in 2000 and the 2 million people who signed the online petition against road pricing? People should not fear their government; their government should fear the people. Luckily there is a general election coming up soon, so let’s kill this dead before it ever gets implemented.