I took a beautiful ride in the Cotswolds this evening on my KTM 950 Supermoto. What a privilege it is to live in such countryside and to have such a magnificent bike:

KTM 950 Supermoto in a Cotswold sunset, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker.

The roads were superb: open, clear and well-surfaced. I can’t help thinking a blanket 50 mph national speed limit would be met with the same counterproductive contempt as the present motorway speed limit[1]. Thankfully, it appears Theresa Villiers MP, the Shadow Transport Secretary, is of a similar view:

Shadow Transport Secretary Theresa Villiers said: ‘Labour’s approach to road safety focuses on a one-size fits all policy, be it the trebling of speed cameras in England, or their proposal to reduce the speed limits on all rural single carriage way roads to 50mph.

‘We need targeted plans aimed at specific problem groups or specific areas. So we won’t bulldoze through a 50mph blanket reduction in the speed limit.’

Certainly, let us be safe, but not through Labour’s repulsive means.

1 – Driven on a British motorway recently? Not much consent evident there in respect of the speed limit, and not much enforcement either. It’s time for a different approach.

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