20’s Plenty launches call for “Flexi 20”
20’s Plenty for Us will use its annual conference to launch a new campaign to persuade the Government to “end the needless imposition of 20mph repeater signs”.
The conference, It’s Time for 20, is being held today (18 Feb) at Camden Town Hall in London.
20’s Plenty for Us says that the UK’s road speed signage rules are “out of date” and is putting forward a new ‘Flexi-20’ system as a proposed solution.
20’s Plenty says that while the DfT encourages 20mph limits for residential streets, its “needlessly stringent repeater signage regulations” are a barrier to the introduction of the lower limit.
20’s Plenty is calling for local authorities to be given the power to choose whether or not to put repeater signs on 30mph and 20mph limited streets. It suggests that where the default speed is 20mph, this can be reinforced by entry gateway signs saying that the limit is 20mph place unless otherwise shown.
It suggests that a “Flexi-20” approach would reduce signage costs for authorities wanting to introduce 20mph limits, and enable local representatives to make decisions “without the negatives of the cost or clutter of needless signage”.
Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, will tell delegates at the conference: “Our Flexi-20 initiative is a call for a change in signage to allow traffic authorities to choose to simply put repeater signs on the roads which are not 20mph.
“This will substantially reduce costs, reduce signage clutter and prepare the way for a national adoption of what most people believe is eminently sensible.
“It requires no change in legislation but merely a change in signage regulation. Once done we would expect the majority of local authorities to set 20mph limits for most of their streets.
“It really is “Time for 20” and it’s time for Government to consider and respond to the needs of local communities and authorities.”