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Survey shows support for 20mph speed limits

Published 07 April 2014

A survey has shown almost 80 per cent of drivers support 20mph speed limits around schools, and in village, town and city centres.

The poll, commissioned by road safety charity Brake and Allianz Insurance shows eight in 10 people (78 per cent) back a 20mph maximum limit and comes as Brake takes its Go 20 campaign to Parliament.

The Brake and Allianz Insurance survey also found:

• Seven in 10 (72 per cent) say roads in their town or village need to be made safer for walking and cycling

• Eight in 10 (81 per cent) say traffic travels too fast on some (51 per cent) or most (30 per cent) of their local roads

• Eight in 10 (79 per cent) think it would encourage more people to walk or cycle if roads and routes in their town or village were made safer

Speakers at the Brake and Allianz Insurance Go 20 Parliamentary reception discussed the benefits of 20mph limits and progress being made by local authorities in implementing them.

Areas that have already introduced 20mph limits have seen significant reductions in casualties, such as Portsmouth where they fell by 22 per cent, and Camden, where crashes reduced by 54 per cent.

Other high profile local authorities now implementing 20mph limits include the City of London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: "With many people already reaping the benefits of living in 20mph areas, we're reaching a point where it makes no sense to retain 30mph as the default limit in built-up areas. It's time for the government to Go 20 nationally.”


Philip Carle    on 7 April 2014

Interesting.... All the roads through my area are 20mph and it has made absolutely no difference. In fact has caused some seriously stupid manoeuvres from impatient drivers...so all in all has made our roads more dangerous. People just need to apply common sense...30 to 20 made ni difference here... And as for safer for pedestrians and cyclist....put some bloody lights on (cyclists) or put your mobile phone in your pocket (pedestrians) if you cross a road. I now drive with a dash can as I am sick of good drivers being blamed for others stupidity.....rant over

Ric Brook    on 8 April 2014

Nanny state! H&S is putting the evolution of the human species into reverse by protecting individuals from their own stupidity.....

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