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Loophole lawyer Nick Freeman has called on the Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin to become the motorist’s friend and increase the motorway speed limit to 80mph, at the same time as reducing the number of speed cameras.

The country’s most high profile traffic lawyer has said instead of being the drivers’ enemy, the government should now use its majority to make the roads safer but at the same time make motoring more enjoyable.

Mr Freeman – who has been highly critical of Mr McLoughlin and his team in the past – said: “For far to long local and central governments have been doing their utmost to persecute motorists.

“This includes the proliferation of speed cameras, introducing variable speed limits on motorways and a plethora of diverse traffic calming measures which often lead to lengthy tailbacks.

“There is now an opportunity to redress the balance. Mr McLoughlin’s predecessor, Philip Hammond, sensibly wanted to raise the motorway limit to 80mph, but when Mr McLoughlin took over two years ago, he maintained that this was not a priority. It should be!

“Government policy should peruse and consider UKIP traffic manifesto and consider adopting the main points.

“Our roads and motorways are swamped with an excess of street furniture. This causes a huge distraction which can result in confusion and inattentive driving and removes the simple pleasure of driving a car.

“The motorist should no longer be treated as a cash cow and the government needs to strike a balance between safety and fluidity.

“Wouldn’t the government be well advised to seek advice from people in the know as opposed to government officials in ivory towers, such as Stephen Hammond, who sought to introduce legislation to prevent lane hogging but could not explain what it meant!”