It looks like the current speed limits are here to stay after all. According to the works ministry, the government has no plans to increase the current speed limit of 80 km/h on state roads, 90 km/h on federal roads and 110 km/h on expressways.

The Sun reported that the decision is based on statistics showing that the rate of road accident is still high, and that there would be cost implications to upgrade the geometric of the roads involved.

“The speed limit of every road was set and gazetted after taking into consideration its geometric design, traffic flow capacity and accident risks. Although some expressways in the country were designed to sustain speeds of over 110 km/h, the speed limit gazetted by the government remains at a maximum level of 110 km/h,” the ministry said in a written reply to Merbok MP Dr Ismail Daut.

Back in 2015, Lumut MP Haji Mohamad Imran proposed the idea of raising national speed limits, citing that the cars driven by Malaysians these days are of high quality and could travel at high speeds. Ismail had wanted to know the development of discussions between the government and the road safety department regarding the said proposal.

The ministry added that there are no further discussions on the matter, especially with regards to raising speed limits, as the current limits were put in place to ensure the safety of road users. Perhaps enforcing minimum speed limits would be one way to go forwards? Share your thoughts below.