UK motorway speed limit to be reduced to 60 mph to reduce pollution
Four motorways will see this cut
As part of a scheme to reduce the amount of pollution, The Department of Transport has decided to trial speed limit cuts across four UK motorways.
These cuts will include the speed limit being reduced from 70 mph to 60 mph in order to reduce pollution levels.
The four motorways in question are the M6 junctions 6 to 7 by Witton, M1 junctions 33 to 34 by Rotherham, M602 junctions 1 to 3 by Eccles and M5 1 to 2 by Oldbury.
Nitrogen dioxide released from car exhausts is counted as a serious air pollutant and indirectly contributes to the warming of the planet. As a result of this, the speed limit will be reduced and then reviewed in a year's time.
Head of environment at Highways England, Ivan Le Fevre said: "Ultimately the air quality challenge will be solved 'at the tailpipe' by vehicle manufacturers and changes in vehicle use."
"Until this happens we will continue our extensive programme of pioneering research and solutions."
The Department for Transport said the trial was among a number of measures to improve air quality. And as part of the plan to bring down NO2 levels, the government aims to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans before 2040.
There have been talks of bringing this closer to 2035 but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. This is set to be announced in the coming months, maybe even years.