Brake calls for end to government red tape on 20mph limits
A new report from the charity finds that moving to 20mph limits across built up areas would deliver significant safety benefits, especially for pedestrians and cyclists, and suggests red tape and a lack of strong national government leadership is at fault for the ‘current UK postcode lottery’ when it comes to reaping the benefits of lower traffic speeds in communities.
A freedom of information request submitted by Brake to all 206 local traffic authorities in Great Britain regarding their decisions to implement 20mph limits or not identified some key stumbling blocks, including cost and central government guidance, with confusion over where the speed limits can be introduced.
Dr Tom Fisher, research manager for Brake, said: “20mph limits are an effective and globally-recognised solution to unacceptably dangerous roads in our cities, towns, and villages. Ultimately, we would like to see 20mph become the default urban speed limit in the UK. In the meantime, the Government can remove red tape and show stronger leadership by providing clearer and more positive guidance, and by doing away with the requirement for costly repeater signs.”