As Liberal Democrats, we believe that our traffic laws need to strike a better balance between safety and efficient travel. We live in a large state, in which motor vehicles are a vital means of transport, and this needs to be recognised in the balance we strike.
Speed limits should be set at, or slightly above, the 85th percentile, and the setting of speed limits and other road-based laws should be conducted in an open and transparent manner, with both bureaucrats and politicians required to publicly justify their decisions.
The enforcement of speed limits should allow a tolerance of 10% for speedometer error and temporary inattention, and covert enforcement of speed limits (including the placement of speed cameras) should be replaced with sign-posted enforcement to increase the deterrent effect.
Modifying and hotting up cars should not be prohibited unless it leads to vehicles that are demonstrably dangerous to other road users (i.e. not the driver). The onus must be on the government to establish such danger.