20mph ‘has no im­pact’...

Bristol Post - - COMMENT -

STILL a thorny sub­ject which clearly still di­vides opin­ion and I was in­ter­ested to read in a na­tional pa­per on Novem­ber 23 that a, and I quote, “damn­ing four-year study by the Gov­ern­ment has found that there has been no sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in ac­ci­dents in ar­eas where the lower speed lim­its have been in­tro­duced”.

Mil­lions of pounds of tax­pay­ers’ money has been spent by town halls, in­clud­ing our own of course, in an at­tempt to im­prove road safety, cut air pol­lu­tion and boost health by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to walk or cy­cle – and yet here we have a DoT re­port which claims the new 20mph zones are hav­ing lit­tle or no im­pact on all counts!

Ed­mund King, pres­i­dent of the AA, in my opin­ion hits the nail on the head with his view on the sub- ject, stat­ing that “speed lim­its need to re­flect the na­ture of the road, and that tar­geted 20mph lim­its work best on roads where there is an ob­vi­ous need out­side schools and hospi­tals etc, and are more ef­fec­tive when ac­com­pa­nied by road en­gi­neer­ing fea­tures”.

Andy

Bris­tol

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