March 06, 2011 19:01 ET

Motorcyclists Warned as Motorway Speed Limit Could Be Raised

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 6, 2011) - Transport Secretary, Phillip Hammond, is planning on raising the UK's motorway speed limit to 80mph, reveals Swinton Bike Insurance.

The planned rise from the current limit, which has been 70 mph since 1965, is the Government's latest attempt at saving the economy by reducing congestion.

Swinton Motorbike Insurance is warning motorcyclists that if the high speed limit does come into force that they need to be conscious of what this means in terms of riding. A higher speed limit will mean braking distances are increased and motorcyclists will need to take extra care in adverse weather conditions.

Motorcyclists also need to be aware that riding at higher speeds can have fatal consequences in the event of an accident.

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes, said: "If these changes do come into effect motorcyclists need to remember that driving faster does carry bigger risks. Be aware that braking and stopping distances increase as you ride faster. Of course just because the speed limit might be 80mph that doesn't mean you have to ride that fast."

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