Drivers say no to speed limit cuts

* 83% opposed new limits * Up to 66% of roads affected * Cuts would save lives, though...

Drivers say no to speed limit cuts

The majority of UK motorists are opposed to the Government's plan to cut the national speed limit from 60mph to 50mph on single carriageway roads, according to a new survey.

The survey, carried out by MSN, revealed that 83% of the 40,554 people polled rejected the Government's plans to cut speed limits from 30mph to 20mph in urban areas and from 60mph to 50mph in rural locations.

The changes, which would affect up to 66% of the nation's roads, could be brought in as early as next year. The Government has not revealed whether it plans to change current signage to reflect the new speed limits prompting fears that motorists who aren't aware of the changes could be penalised.

A protest campaign against the cuts has featured in the top three public petitions on the Number 10 website.

The National Audit Office recently released a report that showed 20mph zones helped cut pedestrian accidents by 29% and collisions involving cyclists by 63%.