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New speed limit to reduce transport carbon footprint

Ministers are campaigning to reduce the national speed limit to 55mph to help reduce the UK's transport carbon footprint.

The motion is being driven by Labour MP Colin Challen who is arguing that the government should start implementing measures to crack down on transport carbon emissions now.

He said: "If the speed limit was reduced that would be leading to further savings.

"It's not necessarily beyond the scope of a modern nation to do that because the US reduced their speed limit during the first 1970s oil shock. I think it's worth looking at and it has to be the kind of collective thing only government do."

The minister also suggested that funding currently being injected into boosting the economy should instead be invested in introducing green policies.

According to the Independent Committee on Climate Change, if a national speed limit of 55 mph was introduced then 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions would be saved a year.

Transport currently accounts for a quarter of the UK's total carbon output.

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