Tomorrow night Top Gear Australia floats the idea that speed limits on our interstate freeways should be increased to 130kph, in line with European roads.
Hosts Ewen Page, Steve Pizzati and Shane Jacobson debate the idea that the lower limit adds to fatigue.
The Northern Territory had no limits on its rural highways until it introduced a 130kph limit about five years ago.
“Things coming at you quicker actually means that you’re going to be more attentive to the road,” says Steve Pizzati.
But most of our freeways haven’t changed limits since 1972, says Page, when our cars were less equipped.
“No legislation ever takes into account the fact that cars have improved enormously over that time,” he says.
The Stig demonstrates a current model braking on a wet road has a much better ability to stop than an old ’70s Falcon.
“We’re still coming up with road rules based on when that car was new. It’s dumb,” he says.
“The standard of driver training in this country is woeful,” adds Pizzati.
“To the Federal Transport Minister and the State Transport Ministers we’d like two things.
“On the interstate freeways we’d like the speed limit to go from 110 to 130, like in the Northern Territory, like in the rest of Europe.
“But the most important thing, listen to the people. Give us Driver Training please! We need it.”
It airs at 8:30pm tomorrow night on Nine.