Who should be allowed to speed on motorways? Police, emergency vehicles and other authorities is the usual answer. What about spies? Real-life spies, MI5 and MI6 officers may soon be able to ignore motoring laws in the UK. This will give them even more power to become real-life James Bond characters.
Right now the government is toying around with the idea of lifting restrictions for spies. In turn, this will lead to spies having the same rights as ambulances, fire engines, police and so on. This idea was the work of the current transport minister Robert Goodwill.
Of course, it is not just spies that Brits will see speeding down the motorway. Other vehicles that will soon have licenses to speed include vehicles that are carrying organs for transplants, mountain rescue teams and bomb disposal units. If this new proposal is passed, drivers of these departments will have to take a new high-speed driving course. This will train them how to drive better at top speeds.
So why the sudden change of heart to let more people speed? Apparently, the Department for Transport said that it took a survey to find out from people if they want those who are involved in saving lives to be able to speed. In short, do people want professionals who are involved in national security and the protection of lives to be allowed to speed? The Department of Transport said that it received 93 percent positive feedback with this idea. That is too high of a percentage for it to simply ignore.
That being said, not everyone is pleased that the government is considering allowing more people to speed on the motorways. While allowing these additional units to speed may save some lives, it may also put more in danger. Even if people are trained to drive at top speeds, how can they ever really be prepared to drive at these speeds on motorways where other Brits are driving? These drivers are still human after all, and one human error could lead to more deaths than the lives that they are rushing to save.
This argument does not stand up well when debating, however. That is because the government does not like to deal with a bunch of “what if” questions. All it wants to look at is the fact that if these units are allowed to speed, they have a better chance of saving lives. The government does not want to look at the question, “What if they crash?”
This will definitely be a topic of much debate. It is also likely to add to more departments and authorities having the right to speed. The real question now is, “Where will the government draw the line?” Today it is just cops, firemen and ambulances. Tomorrow it could be spies and people trying to dispose of bombs. After that, it could simply be politicians who are trying to reach a meeting on time.