Councils given powers to stage motor races on roads

Powers to stage motor races on public roads will be given to councils for the first time, it has been announced.

The Monaco Grand Prix is staged on public roads. Credit: HOCH ZWEI/DPA

Legislation will be brought forward to allow speed limits to be lifted and competitive events held, Downing Street said.

Such races have previously required specific permission from parliament.

David Cameron is expected to hail the move later when he opens the new Williams F1 engineering facility in Oxfordshire.

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Councils given powers to stage motor races on roads

A Formula One Grand Prix on the streets of London may have moved a step closer after the Government announced new powers for local authorities to stage motor races on public roads.