Councils to get speed limit powers

Daily Echo: Research suggests that introducing a 20mph zone can cut collisions Research suggests that introducing a 20mph zone can cut collisions

Councils will be given greater freedom to introduce 20mph schemes under new government proposals to improve road safety.

Local officials will also have more scope to cut speeds on rural roads with a history of accidents and introduce variable speed limits outside schools as part of the updated Department for Transport guidance.

Ministers hope the revised advice will give traffic authorities more flexibility when setting local speed limits and lead to more appropriate and consistent limits across England.

Under the new guidance, which was put out for consultation on Friday, councils will be encouraged to expand 20mph zones and limits in urban and residential areas where it can be shown they benefit safety and quality of life.

There are around 2,000 schemes in England with research suggesting that introducing a 20mph zone can cut collisions by 60%.

The new guidance will also see the introduction of a speed limit appraisal tool designed help local authorities assess the full costs and benefits of proposed schemes.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: "It is vital that speed limits are suitable for local conditions and councils are best placed to determine what these limits are, based on local knowledge and the views of the community.

"To help, we are publishing updated guidance for consultation. This includes a number of initiatives we have introduced to improve road safety, including making it easier for local authorities and communities to put in place 20mph schemes, or use common-sense measures such as variable speed limits outside schools.

"Road safety is a top priority and the guidance will help councils make evidence-based decisions to introduce local speed limits that reflect the needs of all road users."

The final guidance, which will be used by local authorities when setting limits on single and dual carriageway roads, is expected to be published by the end of the year. There will be no changes to the national limits of 30mph on street lit roads, 60mph on single carriageway roads and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways.

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5:33am Sat 14 Jul 12

Dan Soton says...

All for it.. if


1) Gets the cowardly cyclists off the pavements.


2) Frees up the emergency services for more vital tasks.


not too much to ask.
All for it.. if 1) Gets the cowardly cyclists off the pavements. 2) Frees up the emergency services for more vital tasks. not too much to ask. Dan Soton

7:23am Sat 14 Jul 12

BIGTONE says...

"Road safety is a top priority and the guidance will help councils make evidence-based decisions to introduce local speed limits that reflect the needs of all road users."


Sort out the potholes then!
"Road safety is a top priority and the guidance will help councils make evidence-based decisions to introduce local speed limits that reflect the needs of all road users." Sort out the potholes then! BIGTONE

11:20am Sat 14 Jul 12

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