Speed limits, negative externalities, the UK and Kuwait.

The UK and Kuwait governments are both considering lowering the speed limits on major public roads to reduce negative externalities; however their rationales differ.  The argument in the UK is that as well as reducing congestion ‘slowing down’ will reduce air pollution but this will compromise ‘business efficiency’ and individual mobility’.  Whereas in Kuwait ‘speed kills’ but ‘slowing down’ causes congestion!  The outcomes of these consultations will be interesting for several reasons not least to see where our priorities, as a society, lie!

clean air on the M1                 life on the 30


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