Calls for a 50mph HGV's A9 pilot

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Labour MSP David Stewart called on the Scottish government to pilot a 50 miles per hour(mph) speed limit for heavy good's vehicles (HGVs) on the A9 during a member's debate on 21 February 2013.

Mr Stewart was leading a member's debate on the 50 miles per hour campaign on which aims to persuade both the Scottish and UK governments to increase the speed limit for HGVs on single carriageways from 40 to 50 mph.

The UK government has launched a consultation exercise in England.

He said "I am calling for the raising of the speed limits for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes from 40mph to 50mph on single carriage ways" and urged the minister to "seriously consider a study on the A9 and beyond".

The Labour MSP said that "free flowing traffic will benefit road safety by reducing dangerous overtaking and benefit the environment by reducing emissions" and that modern trucks were perfectly capable of doing 50 miles an hour safely and fuel efficiently on suitable A roads."

He added: "raising the limit would lead to greater road safety and a reduction in death and injury".

Transport Minister Keith Brown said that a pilot of the A9 was "one we are looking at seriously".

Mr Brown also said he was very keen to see what came back from the consultation in England.

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