20mph is a 'silly limit' put there to annoy motorists says Jacob Rees-Mogg

20mph is a 'silly limit' put there to annoy motorists says Jacob Rees-Mogg
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 20/03/2024

- 10:24

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg has described 20 miles per hour speed limits as ‘silly’ and said such restrictions in London which were not outside schools were put there ‘to annoy motorists, by the Mayor of London.’

Speaking on GB News, Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg said:

“Speaking of the green agenda, there's another agenda also run by the Eco zealots, which is the war on the motorist.

“Make no mistake driving an electric car will not see you exempt from this tyranny. One man who knows this all too well is former London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith who has now been banned from driving for a whole year for 11 trivial speeding offences.

“And while I obviously don't advocate speeding, some of these offences were patently absurd, such as when he drove at 28 miles an hour in a 20 zone and 48 and a 40 zone.

“What's even more bizarre is the pompous puffed up magistrate cared to mention that ‘motorists who broke speed limits emitted more harmful emissions, even in hybrid and electric cars, as if that had anything to do with the matter.

“What seems to be so fundamentally unfair is that the system of capturing motorists has changed, but the penalties haven't. So, there's been a massive increase in the number of penalties issued.

“When this point system started, it was that you had to be pulled over by a policeman and policemen only pulled you over if you'd done something pretty silly. So, the chance of getting 12 points in three years meant you were quite a bad, irresponsible driver.

“It's just not fair. 20 miles per hour is a silly limit. Safety concerns are a very good argument for 20 outside the school; it's a terrible argument for 20 on the Cromwell Road, which is just to annoy the motorist by the Mayor of London.”


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