If its got tits or tyres it’ll be trouble

There are no politicians that are immune to cowardice, especially when the focus groups tell you that you are pissing of women voters.

John Key and Steven Joyce know this…it is why they won’t bash up unions…coz the focus groups say they need to be nicer.

In the UK raising the speed limit has experienced a speed bump for the same reason.

Ministers have abandoned plans to introduce a new 80mph speed limit on Britain’s motorways amid fears the change would alienate women voters.

Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is determined to make road safety a greater priority and has voiced reservations about implementing the 80mph proposal he inherited when he took over the role last year.

He has now indicated that the plans have effectively been dropped and said that a change to the speed limit was “not a priority”.

Experts have said the only way of enforcing the higher speed limit would be to install cameras to monitor average speeds on all motorways, which could prove extremely costly.

A recent poll has also indicated that 40 per cent of women believe the speed limit should remain at 70mph. 

Philip Hammond, the former Transport Secretary who advocated the move to a higher speed limit at the Conservative Party conference in 2011, said that the limit would benefit the economy by hundreds of million pounds due to faster journey times.

As part of the ministry’s commitment to “end the war on motorists”, Mike Penning, the former Roads Minister, announced last May that he would set up trials of the 80mph limit on parts of the motorway network.

His successor, Stephen Hammond, told a motoring forum only last week that plans for the 80mph limit were still on track.

However Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, indicated to The Times that the plans had been dropped.

“Look that’s not a priority, to be absolutely honest,” he said. “You would have to do trials in certain areas so it’s not something that’s a high priority.”

A source close to the Transport Secretary said: “This is not going to happen with Patrick McLoughlin as Transport Secretary. Safety is paramount to him and his view of how to run the roads and he would not be confident about how you would do it.”

It is understood Downing Street is wary of raising the limit amid fears of alienating women drivers.

A survey of 13,000 drivers for the AA found that 53 per cent of women are in favour of a 80mph limit while 73 per cent of men favour the change.

Some 41 per cent of women think the speed limit should remain at 70mph.

  • blokeintakapuna

    “IF ITS GOT TITS OR TYRES IT’LL BE TROUBLE”

    Never a truer word said the married man trying to read his vehicle operating manual. But the single guy boat owner just laughed and laughed… Thinking you ain’t seen nothing yet!

  • Mark

    So by not raising the speed limit they’ve just alienated male drivers.

  • Muffin

    If it floats fucks or flies it will be trouble and cost money.

    • williamabong

      If it floats, flies, or fucks – rent it.

      • Muffin

        Totally, lease. Don’t buy

  • williamabong

    Why on earth do they go to Alcoholics Anonymous for an opinion.

    • Patrick

      Exactly – by their nature they want to be anonymous so how come they get an opinion? Bloody pissheads

  • Mr_Blobby

    They are thinking about lifting the speed limit from 70 to 80 mph.

    The Germans have an autobahn with unlimited speed.

    Meanwhile we are still struggling with 60 mph. The nannies here want to drop it to 50 mph and 25 mph on urban roads.

    What they should try is turning off traffic lights, looking at the last couple of blackouts, the traffic actually traveled a lot smother. Fire a few if not all of our so called traffic planners. Less nanny state please.

  • Phil

    What takes up 18 parking spaces?

    9 Women drivers.

  • flashman

    The UK has a speed limit of 70mph (about 113 km/h) on motorways, which are 3 lanes each way, flat, straight and floodlit at night. LOTS of people do 80+ mph (about 130 km/h) knowing they can push it that far and they’re unlikely to get a ticket. So these objectors believe that up the speed limit to 80 mph and you’re looking at people doing 90-95 (up to 150 km/h or more) which is seriously a problem. As always, it’s not about the regular drivers, it’s about the idiots who put everyone at risk.

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