Re: "Traffic moves better with slower limit," Nov. 27.
I disagree that slower limits mean better traffic flow.
I recently returned from England, Scotland and France. Yes, the writer is correct about the 30 km/h in small villages where the main village street is usually an extension of the highway that enters and exits the village. On a Blan-shard Street kind of thoroughfare in Europe and the U.K., the speed limit is normally 70 km/h, not the unreasonably slow speed of 50 km/h, which it is in Victoria. This is a six-lane street.
The Pat Bay highway has at least two changes of speed of 80 and 90 km/h - why there are two different speed limits are a mystery to me and most drivers.
In France and Germany. the autoroute and autobahn speed limits are around 130 km/h and the U.K. is assessing changing its M routes (major highways) to 80 mph from 70 mph (about 130 from 115 km/h).
I think these limits are too fast, just as I believe 80 and 90 km/h limits are too slow. Highways should be 100 to 110 km/h. The limits for two-and four-lane intercity roads should be 50 to 60 km/h, and larger streets such as Blanshard and McKenzie should be 60 km/h.
The traffic in Victoria already moves at a ridiculously slow pace. It actually should be increased, as the original writer suggested.
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