The campaign group 20’s Plenty for Us is calling for the Government to set a national 20mph limit for urban areas, rather than simply ‘recommending’ this as the most appropriate speed.
20’s Plenty says all but two inner London boroughs, and more than half of the UK’s largest urban authorities, now have 20mph limits for ‘most roads’ – and 70% of the population support 20mph limits.
20’s Plenty says the Government is facing criticism from many local authorities because it is asking them to take all the responsibility and costs of setting 20mph limits while it ‘washes its hands of national marketing and police enforcement standards that would come from setting a 20mph national urban default’.
According to 20’s Plenty, a national 20mph limit would be cost effective, reduce casualties, improve air quality and raise exercise levels. It says the Government should now lower the national urban speed limit from 30mph to 20mph – and allow local authorities to decide what roads should be exempt from this.
Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, said: “By not making the change from a discredited 80 year-old 30mph limit that is neither national nor best practice, the Government is failing in its duty to protect vulnerable road users – especially the young, elderly and disabled.
“It’s time to end the postcode lottery of speeds on some residential and community streets 50% higher than the 20mph set by responsible councils who have opted to reject the unsafe 30mph.
“It’s time to say that 20 is plenty wherever motor vehicles mix with people on the public places between buildings that we call streets.
“It’s time for the Government to set a national 20mph limit for urban roads and allow local authorities to decide its exceptions.”
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