Liz Truss said she would ditch smart highways and is willing to consider removing mandatory speed limits on them if she becomes prime minister next a week.
Foreign secretary made comments in response to a question from a member of the Conservative Party on her final bustle event of in race replace Boris Johnson as leader.
Smart Highways Including Variables speed restrictions and use of hard roadsides as carriageways busy times are debatable with many members of the Tory after claims that they are increasing risk of accidents.
conservative member of spectators at Wembley races, identified only as David, told Ms Truss: “Smart motorways kill. They are also cause long delays because they close lanes off in the event of a breakdown, problem for people who have drive as part of their work.
“They are also often impose very low speed limits – mandatory – significantly lower than required.
“So you restore hard verges of all highways and, in meanwhile, you change speed limitation from mandatory to advisory allow drivers make one’s own judgment on what is speed safe and not some overcautious person in a remote box decide speed limitation for them?”
Miss Truss replied: “I agree with you. I am absolutely sure that we need to review them and stop them if they don’t work like soon as possible. All the evidence I have agrees with the meaning you make on smart highways.
“On the speed restrictions, I’d be willing to take a look at that. I can’t give you are the correct answer on this point. But I think the smart highway experiment didn’t work.”
To a question from moderator Nick Ferrari, of LBC Radio, if she “stopped smart highways,” Ms. Truss simply replied, “Yes.”