The campaign group 20’s Plenty for Us says that casualty statistics for 2016 highlight that there is ‘no justification for 30mph as the national speed limit’.
Published last week, the DfT statistics show that in 2016 there were 129,837 reported casualties on built up roads – of which 105,981 were on 30mph roads.
588 people (11 a week) were killed and a further 12,849 (246 a week) were seriously injured on 30mph roads – figures described as 20’s Plenty as ‘unacceptable’.
20’s Plenty says the 30mph limit for built up areas was set more than 80 years ago in 1934, in an ‘arbitrary way without evidence or research on survivability’.
The campaign group also says 30mph limits fail to satisfy the sustainable system approach that seeks a road environment where mistakes ‘do not end in death for either those making them or their innocent victims’.
Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty, said: “Across the world 30mph (50kmh) limits are being replaced by 20mph (30kmh) as the right standard where motor vehicles mix with pedestrians and cyclists.
“The 30mph limit that was plucked out of the air in 1934 as being better than no limit, is no longer fit for purpose. It is unjust, unjustifiable and needs to be consigned to history.
“A routinely enforced 20mph limit should be the new urban norm with higher speeds only allowed on roads that protect pedestrians and cyclists with appropriate crossing and segregated facilities.
“It would transform our urban environment and be the foundation for a healthier and more productive nation.”