"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Travelling fast in the UK

The Department for Transport published statistics today for motor vehicle speeds for 2006. They surveyed 36 sites where a 30 or 40 mph limit applies and at 60 other sites including motorways.

The levels of exceeding the speed limit are staggering and make you wonder why the limits are not reviewed.

54 % of cars on motorways exceeeded the speed limit (2005 56%).

49 % of all car drivers on 30 mph built-up roads exceeded the speed limit compared with 65 % in 2001 and 72 per cent 10 earlier in 1996.

On 40 mph built-up roads, 28 % of car drivers exceeded the speed limit, this is an increase of 4 per cent on the 2005 level.

On major, non-built-up single carriageway roads, 76 % of articulated heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) exceeded their 40 mph limit (28 % by more than 10 mph). The average speed recorded for articulated HGVs on these roads was 46 mph, just 2 mph less than the average speed of cars (48 mph), for which the limit on these roads is 60 mph.

The DOT would do us a favour by providing these alongside accident / death / injury statistics.

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