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Spies are given “licence to speed”

Spies will now be able to break the speed limit, under changes to motoring laws.

Officers in MI5 and MI6 can now play the full part of James Bond, as changes to motoring laws are set to allow them to break the speed limit. This will place them in line with police, fire and ambulance drivers, who are permitted to break the speed limit once they have completed a training course in high-speed driving. 

Under current laws, spies have to abide by the speed limit, even in the case of an emergency.

The changes have been made by transport minister Robert Goodwill. It is believed that 93 per cent of those who responded to a Department for Transport consultation on the issue felt that those involved in “the protection of life and limb or national security” should be allowed to go as fast as they need to. 

Spies won’t be the only ones speeding down the roads soon, either. Drivers of vehicles used to carry organs for transplant, bomb disposal units and mountain rescue teams are also expected to be allowed to break the speed limit. 

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