The country’s best known motoring lawyer has called the new, variable motorway speed limits on the M62 near Leeds as confusing and a danger to drivers.
Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, has also called for the use of variable speed limits, which can alter from gantry to gantry, to be severely restricted unless there were specific reasons to reduce the speed limit from 70mph.
Following months of road works along the M62, new variable speed limits and speed cameras have been erected on gantries between junctions 25 and 28.
Mr Freeman said: “In my opinion variable speed limits can be a danger. Motorists are more concerned about not going over the limit flashing on the gantry ahead of them instead of keeping a careful eye on the road in front of them.
“These signs are not advisory but mandatory and drivers become obsessed with speed and distracted from what is going on around them. They do not promote driving at a steady and constant speed.
“Every time I’ve encountered variable speed limits I have to question why they are in operation. Was there a genuine need for the limit to be lowered, or was it just done on a whim?
“There also needs to be specific guidelines as to when variable speed limits should be used and the motorists need to be provided with full information.”
For Further Information, please contact:
Nick Freeman, 0161 236 7007/ 07778 159 882
David Simister, Different PR, on 0845 389 26 26 / 07870 550 760