Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales doing 102 miles per hour in a Lotus on the A11 motorway near the carmaker's Hethel HQ. Doing 102 mph in a Lotus isn't a problem. Doing 102 mph in a Lotus in a 70-mph zone, however, is. The even bigger problem for Gales was that according to the sentencing guidelines, the minimum spanking for such hijinks is three points added to the driver's record and a £100 fine. The biggest problem for Gales was that he already had eight points on his license for previous offenses. At 12 points, a UK driver can be banned from driving for six months, and Gales did not want to be one tiny point away from that fate.Gales could have explained himself in court, but he had his solicitor, Simon Nicholls, do it for him. Nicholls prepared an arcane quodlibet that could be called the "Test Driver Defense." The premise was that as CEO of a sports car company, Gales felt compelled to test drive his company's newest products, and that Gales' hands-on, wide-open-throttle approach to … [Read more...] about Lotus CEO busted doing 30 over the limit uses ‘Test Driver’ defense
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Here’s something that’ll absolutely delight all you speedsters. Bernama reports that the government is mulling with the idea of installing speed limiting devices in all vehicles, “all” being an all-encompassing term here – think along the lines of passenger cars and motorcycles, not just commercial vehicles. The proposal – aimed at being a measure to curb the growing number of road accidents and fatalities – would see a maximum speed of 110 km/h defined by the limiter, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah said. “Limiting the speed of all vehicles is a suitable method to reduce road accidents in the country,” he said, adding that it would be in line with the law in Malaysia to set a maximum speed limit of 110 km per hour. “If this can be implemented, then we will become the first country in the world to limit vehicle speed car based on speed limits in accordance with national … [Read more...] about Go no faster than 110 km/h – government mulling idea of installing speed limiting devices on all vehicles
According to a new study from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), increased speed limits may have accounted for 33,000 deaths over the last 20 years. “Although fatality rates fell during the study period, they would have been much lower if not for states’ decisions to raise speed limits,” said Charles Farmer, author of the study and IIHS VP of research and statistical services, in a statement. Each state sets its own maximum speed, and since 1995, they’ve started to increase. Many proponents of raising the speed limits claim that it aligns the law with reality, as most drivers exceed speed limits. But in doing so, drivers go even faster than the raised limits, increasing the risk of accidents and fatalities. Today, six states have a speed limit of 80 mph, and in Texas, drivers can legally go up to 85 mph on certain roads. The study examined speed limit increases between 1993 and 2013 in 41 states, looking at deaths per billion miles traveled and on … [Read more...] about Study: Higher Speed Limits Contributed to 33K Deaths in Last 20 Years
Heading back to your hometown this Chinese New Year? Take note that speed limits across all federal and state roads will be 10 km/h lower as part of Ops Bersepadu, according to The Star. From January 21 to February 5, the new speed limits will be 80 km/h on federal roads and 70 km/h on state roads, said transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, adding that heavy vehicles will also be prohibited from using highways on January 26, 27, 31 and February 1. “In 2016 alone, the number of fatalities due to accidents had risen sharply to over 7,000 deaths,” he said. “This is very worrying. Statistics will remain statistics if we all don’t do our part to reduce the number of accidents.” Speaking of statistics, Liow said that the number of fatal road accidents rose from 6,193 in 2015 to 6,570 last year, while the number of deaths climbed from 6,706 to 7,152. In total, 521,446 accidents occurred in 2016 compared to 489,606 the year before. He also mentioned that … [Read more...] about Speed limits to be 10 km/h lower during CNY – report
It looks like the current speed limits are here to stay after all. According to the works ministry, the government has no plans to increase the current speed limit of 80 km/h on state roads, 90 km/h on federal roads and 110 km/h on expressways. The Sun reported that the decision is based on statistics showing that the rate of road accident is still high, and that there would be cost implications to upgrade the geometric of the roads involved. “The speed limit of every road was set and gazetted after taking into consideration its geometric design, traffic flow capacity and accident risks. Although some expressways in the country were designed to sustain speeds of over 110 km/h, the speed limit gazetted by the government remains at a maximum level of 110 km/h,” the ministry said in a written reply to Merbok MP Dr Ismail Daut. Back in 2015, Lumut MP Haji Mohamad Imran proposed the idea of raising national speed limits, citing that the cars driven by Malaysians these days are … [Read more...] about No plans to raise national speed limits, says KKR
In a move to ensure motorists are responsible on the roads, the Northern Territory government in Australia will be expanding its open speed limit zones, this effectively means that it is doing away with speed limits, CarAdvice reports. Is this reverse psychology or what? An open speed limit trial began in February 2014 with much success, there were fewer accidents in sections where the trials took place and the 130 km/h zones. Now, another 60 km stretch of the Stuart Highway, north of Alice Springs to the Ali Curung rail overpass will have its speed limit lifted. Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles said “the expansion of open speed limit zones is part of the Country Liberals’ commitment to give back responsibility to the individual.” He added that based on traffic data, 85% of drivers were travelling within the 133 km/h to 139 km/h range during the trial, just slightly over the 130 km/h speed limit. The new 60 km stretch is in between the other two zones … [Read more...] about Northern Territory government in Australia lifts speed limits to ensure that drivers drive safely on highways
Speed limits at the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife (North Loop) will soon be removed. According to a post on the circuit’s official website, the restrictions at all sections of the 20.8 km circuit will be lifted once the VLN Endurance Championship kicks off in April 2016. In March last year, VLN racer Jann Mardenborough was involved in a crash that saw his Nissan GT-R flip in the air and land on a group of spectators, killing one. Concerned, circuit operators, Capricorn Nurburgring GmbH, enforced speed limits at three sections of the North Loop. After months of repairs, the FIA and the German Motorsport Association (DMSB) assessed the circuit’s safety improvements and has recently awarded it with the mandatory racing licenses. Additional fences and barriers were installed and a 500 metre track surface in the Flugplatz (where the accident occurred) and Quiddelbacher Hohe sections was completely renewed. A new restricted zone was also added at the Schwedenkreuz section, … [Read more...] about Nurburgring speed limits lifted following FIA approval
It was suggested at yesterday’s Dewan Rakyat session that the speed limit of highways should be increased from the current 110 km/h up to 150 km/h. According to Lumut MP Haji Mohamad Imran, the cars driven by Malaysians these days were of high quality and had the ability to traveling at high speeds. The MP proposed that for the typical three-lane highway, the left lane be limited to 110 km/h, while the middle lane could be limited to between 110-130 km/h and the right lane be limited to 130-150 km/h. The Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah bt Hj Abd Rashid Shirlin replied that the current speed limits are 110 km/h on highways, 90 km/h for both inter-city roads as well as federal roads. These speed limits were set according to various factors such as road geometry, traffic flow density and accident risk. Datuk Rosnah added that there are many other factors that can come into play such as whether a location is approaching a toll plaza, an interchange, an uphill or downhill section, … [Read more...] about MP suggests higher speed limit for highways to progress towards becoming a developed nation?
The proposed 110 km/h hard cap via the use of speed limiting devices that surfaced yesterday sure raised a lot of commotion among Malaysian motorists. Now this is an idea that would limit all cars – not just commercial vehicles, but passenger cars and motorcycles too – to 110 km/h. Are we not limited to such a speed anyway? Yes and no. Right now we are not allowed to go over 110 km/h, but with such a system in place, we won’t be able to. Like explicitly can’t, not even if one chooses to do so. The premise behind the proposal is this: “limiting the speed of all vehicles is a suitable method to reduce road accidents in the country. If this can be implemented, then we will become the first country in the world to limit vehicle speed based on speed limits in accordance with national law,” said the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah. Now, is this the ideal way to curb the growing number of road … [Read more...] about Is having a 110 km/h speed limiter the best move? There are better ways to minimise road accidents
Have you seen the Government’s latest air pollution-cutting plan, the draft Air Quality Plan for Tackling Nitrogen Dioxide? If you have, you probably felt a sense of anguish upon reading these words: “The UK Government… has concluded that adjusting speed limits could be practicable.” As has been commonly reported, this, if it goes ahead, would most likely mean a drop to a 60mph limit on some motorways. The intention of this would be to reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution, which, along with nitrogen oxide (NO), makes up the wider banner of NOx (nitrogen oxides). NOx can have adverse effects on health, particularly among people with respiratory illnesses such as asthma. The Royal College of Physicians says air pollution is responsible for around 40,000 premature deaths every year. NOx also contributes to smog formation and acid rain, damages vegetation and contributes to ground-level ozone. The UK is falling increasingly behind its targets, with 37 out of 43 … [Read more...] about What would a 60mph motorway speed limit do for NOx emissions?