§ Mr. Rost
As the Government have admitted that the 50 and 60 mph speed limits that were introduced during the fuel shortage are contributing only marginally to energy savings, would it not be better to scrap those two limits? Is the Minister satisfied that five different speed limits are necessary? Is he satisfied that they are in any way contributing to the sensible use of the roads by motorists, who are thoroughly confused by the present system?
§ Mr. Whitehead
Does my hon. Friend agree that almost everywhere the regulations are honoured only in the breach, which brings the law generally into disrepute? Does he agree that the figures from his own Department, which were quoted in the recent debate, indicate that the energy saving element is insignificant?
§ Mr. Mawby
Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the longer these temporary arrangements exist the more important it is that the various speed limits 1413 should be clearly signed, bearing in mind that many motorists do not know at any time whether they are in breach of the law? The present situation is all right as a temporary arrangement, but if it is to become permanent surely we should have clear signing of the various speed limits.
§ 12. Mr. Budgen
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what replies he has had on his consultation letter on the 50 and 60 mph speed limits.
§ Mr. Budgen
Do those replies indicate that there is no widespread public support for these restrictions? Will the Minister confirm that they were introduced only as a crude form of fuel rationing and that they have no justification on safety grounds? Will he note the view expressed from all sides of the House that the restrictions are economic nonsense and are bringing the law into contempt?
§ Mr. Horam
So far, we have received only a few replies. To comment on them at this stage might be tendentious as we do not know whether further replies will reflect the same view. The saving achieved by fuel rationing has not been great, but there has been a clear road safety element to which we must pay attention.
§ Mr. Lawrence
Will the Minister kindly take note that the National Association of Driving Instructors has amalgamated with the Society of Approved Driving Instructors to form the National Association of Approved Driving Instructors, and that it would like to be consulted on these matters?
§ Mr. Mellish
Will my hon. Friend tell me where there is a road in London on which I can drive my car at 50 miles per hour?