Transport secretary Philip Hammond is proposing an increase in motorway speed-limits from 70mph to 80mph.
The plans are expected to be implemented by 2013 and the news has been widely criticised by climate change and road safety campaigners.
With this in mind, this week’s Piccadilly Pulse gave the people of Manchester the opportunity to air their views about the proposals.
In light of recent government proposals, do you agree that the motorway speed-limit should be increased to 80mph?
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Tom Scott, 20, call-centre operator, Partington
“It won’t make much difference. Most people do 80 or more anyway.”
Charlotte McArthur, 23, student, Chorlton
“Doing this will bring more pollution to the UK so if you ask me it’s a bad move by the government.”
Ali Hussein, 32, shop owner, Rusholme
“It should be unrestricted because people speed on motorways all the time. It’s going to make no difference putting the limit up by 10.”
Mark White, 27, chef, Didsbury
“It should definitely not happen. Motorways are dangerous enough as it is.”
Martin Hughes, 19, student, Huddersfield
“I’ve not heard much about it but surely it won’t be very good for the environment.”
Antonia Francisco, 22, receptionist, Castlefield
“I don’t drive so it won’t affect me much and I can’t see it making much difference."
Paul Cartwright, 26, bartender, Oldham
“It’s a bad decision, I reckon accident rates will be much higher.”
Sofia Petrova, 19, student, Bulgaria (lives in Salford)
“It will be good. Drivers won’t speed now.”
Nick Evans, 21, unemployed, Stretford
“It should have happened ages ago. There are too many slow drivers and this will make them drive faster. There will be less accidents.”
Michael Liu, 23, student, Stockport
“This should not happen. People will still speed, they’ll just drive 90 now.”
Mary Dolan, 63, retired, Droylsden
“I find it nerve-racking enough to go on the motorway so I’m dreading the new speed limit.”
Matthew Bryan, 23, unemployed, Sale
“It won’t change anything, people speed all the time as it is.”