Scottish Government should reduce urban speed limit to 20mph
The campaign group 20’s Plenty for Us is urging the Scottish Government to use its soon to be devolved powers on setting national speed limits and signage to set the national limit for restricted roads at 20mph.
20’s Plenty says the Scottish Government’s recently published guidance on 20mph speed restrictions and vision for active travel both indicate a “clear national aspiration and intention to set 20mph limits for most restricted roads”.
20’s Plenty says these “aspirations and clear economic benefits are being hampered” because of the requirement to have a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and 20mph repeater signs every 100 metres. If the national limit were changed to 20mph, the TRO and repeater signs would then only be required on any excepted 30mph roads.
Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, said: “As a devolved government, Scotland is in a favoured position. It can follow its neighbour in a ‘hands-off’ approach to the way community streets are shared to meet its national economic, public health and equality aspirations.
“But we suggest it should provide a progressive and pragmatic Scottish alternative that enables all of its communities to quickly move forward with a common shared value to ensure that all children and elderly have mobility options, that urban noise and emissions are reduced and to provide a firm foundation for active travel.
“MSPs should be confident that wherever implemented the vast majority of people in 20mph communities value them and see them as the ‘right thing to do’. Delivering it for the whole of Scotland will be popular and effective.”