20’s Plenty for Us has called on the Scottish Government to ‘do better than England’ and change the default speed limit in built up areas from 30mph to 20mph.
Asking decision makers to accept that 20mph is the ‘scientifically proven and popular default limit’ for built up areas, the call came as 20s Plenty held its first conference in Scotland (8 June).
The conference, ‘Ready for 20 Scotland’, was hosted by the City of Edinburgh Council and supported by Transport Scotland.
20’s Plenty describes changing the national limit to 20mph as a ‘cost effective win-win all round’ in terms of the legal process, consultations, engagement, higher compliance and enforcement.
The campaign group adds that the move ‘makes more sense economically’ by removing the need for local authorities to erect 20mph signs on 90% of urban roads.
It claims that the majority of the 40 largest UK authorities consider the default 30mph limit ‘not fit for purpose’.
Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, said: “The Scottish Government can do better than in England by making 20mph their national default limit as soon as possible.
“20mph is proven as best practice, popular and the cost effective way to do it is as a national limit. Drivers are more likely to take notice, be engaged with 20mph and voluntarily reduce their speeds. Compliance is maximised and there are fewer enforcement issues.”