Speed limits – a review of evidence31 Aug 2012

Required control or unnecessary intervention?

They have been with us since 1865 but there are still few things more contentious amongst drivers than speed limits with most people taking a strong view on them one way or the other: either that traffic travels too fast and needs to be controlled by the state or that matters of speed are a judgement call which motorists are responsibly able to make based on their skills and road conditions.

This paper, written by Elizabeth Box and edited by David Bayliss, assesses the different sides of the argument and looks at how things including safety, fuel consumption and carbon emissions are impacted by speed.