HC Deb 26 July 1965 vol 717 c32W
Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that a higher limit than 50 miles per hour would be more satisfactory as the third tier for a permanent speed limit, in view of the difficulty of overtaking commercial vehicles at 50 miles per hour; and if he will now introduce such a higher speed limit.

Mr. Tom Fraser

I do not think that speeds of more than 50 m.p.h. would be justifiable on the rural roads with bad accident records which have been chosen for the introduction of this road safety measure. The effects of the 50 m.p.h. limits on traffic flow and safety will be studied when they have been in operation for a sufficient time.