There has been a suggestion to introduce a 20 mph speed limit everywhere except on Motorways although I have no idea who on earth would suggest such a thing.
I believe vast swathes of London now have a 20mph speed limit although whenever I have the misfortune to visit London I find it quite an achievement should I attain the giddy heights of 20 mph.
This ridiculous idea must have been suggested by one of these climate change activists in the misguided idea that it will stop vehicle emissions but on the contrary I suggest it will add to them as one will be travelling in a lower gear and using higher revs.
It has been said that Lord Palmerstone’s 1865 Locomotion Act generally known as the Red Flag Act which required that any self-propelled road vehicle had to be proceeded by a person walking at least 60 yards ahead carrying a red flag, effectively stopped any innovation in powered transport for over a quarter of a century.
The act brought in the first speed limits of 4 mph in the country and 2 mph in town with a £10 fine for speeding, however as motoring innovation progressed these speed limits looked more and more ridiculous until in it was finally repealed on 14th November 1896 where the flag was scrapped and the speed limit raised to 14 mph.
In celebration of this momentous event the Emancipation Run, a car rally from London to Brighton took place, starting with breakfast at the Charing Cross Hotel preceded by the symbolic ripping of a red flag in half by Lord Winchelsea, an event which still takes place today.
Now it seems with this suggestion of a 20 mph speed limit we are trying to put the clock back 156 years which is apparently someone’s idea of progress, how very strange.