70 MPH Speed Limit 50th Anniversary Thimble

£7.95
On 22 December 1965 a 70 mph top speed limit was imposed on Britain’s motorways and was supposed to only be a temporary measure. The trial was introduced due to the high number of accidents while drivers were free to go as fast as they liked after the first highway – the M1 – was opened in 1959. Studies by the Government’s Road Research Laboratory showed that during the two year trial casualties had been cut by 20 per cent and 60 lives had been saved, finalising the decision to make the limit a permanent change.

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On 22 December 1965 a 70 mph top speed limit was imposed on Britain’s motorways and was supposed to only be a temporary measure. The trial was introduced due to the high number of accidents while drivers were free to go as fast as they liked after the first highway – the M1 – was opened in 1959. Studies by the Government’s Road Research Laboratory showed that during the two year trial casualties had been cut by 20 per cent and 60 lives had been saved, finalising the decision to make the limit a permanent change.