The Scottish Government has published new guidance on implementing 20 mph speed restrictions.
This Good Practice Guide, written in conjunction with the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS), aims to provide clarity on the options available to local authorities.
The guidance is designed to “aid greater consistency on setting 20mph speed restrictions throughout Scotland while encouraging local authorities to introduce them near schools, in residential areas and in other areas of towns and cities where there is a significant volume of pedestrian or cyclist activity”.
Derek Mackay, minister for transport & islands, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to creating a healthier, greener and safer Scotland and believes that the introduction of 20mph restrictions can contribute to all these objectives.
“By reducing speed on our roads we can create streets where the space is shared more equally between different road users and create a safer environment, encouraging people to make active travel choices.
“Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020 set challenging casualty reduction targets and aims to address speed as one of its main priorities. This new 20mph guidance will help towards achieving these targets by reducing speeds on our roads.”
Transport Scotland supported an extensive 20 mph trial in Edinburgh which it says “resulted in lower vehicle speeds, without the need for traffic calming measures, and attracted strong support from residents”.
Transport Scotland goes on to say the “results of this trial mean that local authorities throughout Scotland can now consider the introduction of 20 mph limits, without traffic calming, in circumstances detailed in the guide”.