Safety pro­pos­als will force driv­ers to slow down

Plans for new 20mph lim­its in built-up ar­eas

Paisley Daily Express - - News - Chris Tay­lor

Driv­ers could be forced to obey new speed lim­its af­ter roads bosses backed plans to place 20mph re­stric­tions on builtup ar­eas.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil sup­ports Green Party pro­pos­als to slow traf­fic in ur­ban streets.

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment con­sul­ta­tion on the changes closes to­mor­row.

Lo­cal author­ity chiefs sig­nalled their ap­proval for a shift in a re­port to its en­vi­ron­ment board.

It stated: “The pro­posal in­tro­duces 20mph speed lim­its in built up ar­eas through a small na­tional leg­isla­tive change.

“The na­tional 30mph speed limit for ur­ban ar­eas was set back in the 1930s, at a time when our un­der­stand­ing of road safety was very dif­fer­ent, and has never been changed.

“Drop­ping the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in res­i­den­tial ar­eas de­liv­ers ben­e­fits from mak­ing it eas­ier to cross the road to cut­ting air pol­lu­tion.

“Lower speed lim­its have been shown to re­duce ve­hi­cle speed and that re­duc­ing speed saves lives.

“A Trans­port Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory study found that the num­ber of ac­ci­dents could be ex­pected to fall by be­tween four per cent and six per cent for each 1mph re­duc­tion in av­er­age speed.”

Green MSP Mark Ruskell, mem­ber for Mid Scot­land and Fife, raised a pri­vate mem­ber’s bill call­ing for the change.

Coun­cils have been urged to make their views on re­duc­ing the limit known.

They have the power to slash lim­its, but it can prove costly due to changes in road signs and mark­ings.

Min­is­ters claim a na­tion­wide shift would cre­ate a sea change with­out putting strain on in­di­vid­ual lo­cal author­i­ties.

All roads de­fined as C-class or those which are lit by street­lights no more than 185m apart would be af­fected.

The pro­pos­als al­low a 30mph speed limit to be main­tained on throughroads.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil says the change would re­duce ac­ci­dents, cre­ate a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists and save fuel and car main­te­nance costs for driv­ers.

The re­port added: “The free flow­ing traf­fic con­di­tions likely to be cre­ated by a 20mph limit will help pre­vent stop-start mo­tor­ing which in­creases emis­sions.

“Pedes­tri­ans walk­ing along­side the traf­fic and cy­clists are less likely to be in­tim­i­dated and more peo­ple may be at­tracted to these modes of travel.

“It should be noted that the bill does not cover A and B roads be­cause they are not re­stricted roads.”

A de­ci­sion on the plans is due in the com­ing months. BUILD­ING CON­TRAC­TORS. EX­TER­NAL WALL IN­SU­LA­TION SPE­CIAL­ISTS.

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