Liz Truss has said she is willing to look at making motorway speed limits advisory.
The Tory leadership frontrunner told an audience of Conservative members at the final hustings in Wembley on Wednesday night that she was “prepared to look at” introducing a German-style system of motorways with no speed limits.
She also pledged to ban smart motorways if she were to be elected prime minister, declaring that the “experiment hasn’t worked”.
Asked by a Tory member whether she would consider abolishing limits and allowing drivers to choose their own safe speed, the Foreign Secretary replied: “On speed limits, we need to be prepared to look at that … I can’t give you a precise answer.”
It came as it was confirmed on Wednesday that the new prime minister will be appointed by the Queen at Balmoral rather than at Buckingham Palace. Boris Johnson will hand over power to his successor in Scotland on Tuesday after the Queen, 96, decided not to travel to London.
It also emerged that Ms Truss is considering a cut to business rates to alleviate the pressure of spiralling energy prices on small and medium-sized companies. She is weighing up a proposal to expand relief from the tax to far more companies than are currently eligible.
Her suggestion she could abolish speed limits is a late policy, although she suggested in a speech at the Conservative Party Conference in 2018 that they should be increased.
In Germany, most autobahns have no speed limit, but drivers face increased liability if they are involved in a collision while travelling at very high speeds.
Ms Truss said she would work to end smart motorways, which have been paused in the UK because of safety concerns.