Is the speed limit a guideline or an actual rule to follow?
In England, on the road, the speed limit is a maximum speed it is considered safe to travel under ideal conditions on a particular road. The upper end is the rule (the word 'limit' tells us that) it is up to the driver to exercise judgement whether it is safe to travel at that maximum speed. A policeman and magistrate may have different ideas of whether it was safe in the event of an accident.
The speed limit is by no means a "reccomendation". As the term implies, it is a "limit". As posted, this is as fast as one is legally allowed to go in this particular area. You can elect to go slower if there is no posted minimum but you cannot elect to go faster without breaking the law. WB
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