SPEED limits in the UK could still rise to 80 mph claims experts but one thing will have to change to allow it.
There are often debates about what the speed limit should be with some driver backing a reduced top speed and others gunning for an increase.
Now, a transport chief has stated that motorway speed limits could increase to 80mph, but there is one key factor that is preventing it.
Jim O’Sullivan, CEO of Highways England, which manages Britain’s motorways and A-roads, said that it would need to become ‘socially acceptable’ before the limit is changed.
The road boss told the Daily Telegraph that the current 70mph is so “socially embedded” in the minds of British drivers, making it hard to change.
Mr O’Sullivan said: “We have not done a formal safety analysis but there are parts of the network that subject to a safety analysis could probably operate at 80 miles an hour.
“I think there is a technical argument about speed and safety of vehicles etc but I think 70 miles per hour is so socially embedded in this country that I think it is probably not going to change, in fact it’s almost certainly not going to change.”
He added that “public opinion” could block the proposal from going through.
“I think that has more to do with public opinion and social views than it has with the technology of vehicles.”
Recently speed limits in roadworks areas was increasing form 50mph to 60mph to improve congestion on the roads.
It also follows the proposal from Chancellor Philip Hammond to phase out human-driven cars.
Mr Hammond wants to bring driverless cars on to the roads in Britain by 2021, which could shake up how people travel in the UK.
With the introduction of self-driving cars, standard vehicles could be phased out as they would be hazardous and not communicate with autonomous cars.
There are many safety benefits of a driverless vehicle as they could remove human error, which is one of the main causes of accidents on the roads in Britain.
However, some horror stories involving fatalities as a result of this technology not being quite ready yet has seen public opinion change about these vehicles slightly.