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Speed Limits and the IAM

Published: 12 March 2009

Updated: 19 November 2014

I have been riding/driving for over 52 years, so I am not a young tearaway. Having covered over two million miles with only a couple of minor accidents you may think I know something about road safety.

I passed my IAM bike test in 2006 but I am seriously considering resigning from the IAM. When renewing my membership I am required to declare that I will obey the law when riding/driving. With the introduction of many lower speed limits already, and the current proposal for a 50 limit, I am not able to make that declaration with a clear concience.

My experience has taught me that speed is not the problem, lack of attention is! When riding/driving slowly my concentration lapses, I am safer when travelling at a reasonable speed which is often faster than the prescribed limit.

I put safety before blind compliance with the law. Incidently I ride about 7,000 mile a year and have a clean licence, good observation is the key!

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