Governors on all vehicles - stop the speed, limit the vehicles at source

Speed kills . If there was a real will to increase safety then all vehicles would have a governor on them to stop speeds over 70 mph. There is no reason why any vehicle on any road in the Uk should go over 70 mph so why make them. This is not Germany.

In the 1970's my moped had a governor on it to stop me speeding - which really was quite funny but it worked. ( It was a Honda SS50 - I wasn't going to break any land speed records any way)

My current car's speedo goes passed 200 mph ! Why ?

Were a small island , all the more reason to act and modify imports at the port.

No one is impressed by speed - no one who matters any way, in my opinion.


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Attack the problem of speeding at source and limit the importation of vehicles that can go over 70mph.

by Manneen on April 20, 2018 at 06:30PM

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  • Posted by Topcat April 23, 2018 at 11:26

    The belief that lower speed limits per se will reduce accidents is a myth. Lower speed Limits may reduce accidents if drivers go too fast for road conditions. Conversely there is statistical evidence that driving too slowly also increases the chance of an accident.
    Saying that “Speed kills” is as ludicrous as pronouncing “a Hammer Kills”. Both can kill but only when misused in the wrong hands or in the wrong place/conditions.
    Reducing traffic speed has widespread economic implications and should not be legislated lightly especially when a small but growing tourist industry has grown up around visitors wanting to stretch the legs of their cars in perfect conditions on our clear and derestricted roads.
    The US Institute of Transportation Engineers recommends the 85th percentile rule for setting speed limits. The premise is that most drivers are careful and competent and the normal actions of a reasonable person should be considered in rule making.
    Studies have shown that crash rates are lowest at around the 85th percentile speed. The study finds “Drivers travelling significantly faster or slower than this speed are at greater risk of being in a crash. It is not high speed alone that relate to crash risk; it is the variation of speed within the traffic stream”.
    A recent study of 2.7million accidents in 25 States in the USA found that only 10% were speed related. Breaking that percentage down further is even more revealing; the bulk being 84% (of the total) – involved motorists driving too fast for the conditions but below the set speed limit.
    A comprehensive review in British Columbia in Canada noted that a number of cases where increasing speed limits actually reduced fatal accidents. It recommended that the maximum speed limit on many roads be increased rather than lowered adding “The maximum limit should seem high to the majority of drivers, or it is not a maximum limit”
    It goes on “A speed limit is reasonable and appropriate for conditions when the majority of drivers perceive the limit is reasonable by selecting their speed at or below the posted limit, and when the frequency of crashes caused by inappropriate speed is low. Generally the posted limit should be set near the 85th percentile speed considering the function, class and geometric design of the road, roadside development and access management in the area, and the crash history”.
    It might be best to involve temporary speed limits in poor weather (or at night) in the same way as is exercised by the French on their well-managed Autoroutes
    The US engineers observed that successful laws reflect the behaviour of the majority of people, while laws that arbitrarily restrict the majority encourages a lack of support and fails to achieve the desired policy objectives. This is especially true of speed zoning” they add.
    It is no surprise to the author that some of the safest roads in Europe are the unlimited German Autobahns, and the UK motorways are statistically the safest roads in the UK.
    The mountain road has no speed limit and yet the thousands of commuters who use it every day to drive into Douglas settle into an 85% percentile safe average speed of reasonable nature as befits the conditions.
  • Posted by Manneen April 24, 2018 at 09:50

    A point of interest - "Speed Kills" comes from the publicity campaign that graced posters etc from the UK Highways agency a while back. A well thought out campaign ?- possibly from those in the know. In 2013 3,064 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor. The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph. Fatal accidents are four times as likely on rural “A” roads as urban “A” roads. ( Stats taken from the Think gov web site)
    Still my point remains why manufacture vehicles that will go 0-60 in 8 secs etc when the majority of roads on the island cannot facilitate people driving at that speed ? Neither the roads or the people behind the wheel/ handle bars have the capacity /skill set to handle the speed. Remove a risk factor at point of entry to the island.
    I managed a large fleet of vehicles on average each driver covering 20,000 miles + per year. Driving training/education and vehicle safety were of high importance. When I changed the fleet from vans to cars, accidents increased. Mainly because people thought they could go faster .
    Sorry UK stats win in my book over Canada and Europe driving conditions.
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