More 20mph speed limits

Road Safety Minister Paul Clark has issued new proposals to extend the ability for council to have 20mph speed limits without traffic calming measures in place

The proposals follow trials in Portsmouth of 20mph limits where there was a significant reduction in road traffic accidents. Previously councils would have had to provide traffic calming measures such as speed humps or chicanes in 20mph ‘zones’ but where this is impractical councils now have the opportunity to reduce the limit with less inconvenience to residents. The British Medical Journal released a report confirming that the lower speed does reduce the number of accidents and called for more 20mph limits to be put in place. The government is also asking councils to review rural road speed limits in an effort to reduce causalities on single carriageway A & B roads.

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