Call for 20mph limits goes to parliament

South Wales Argus: Call for 20mph limits goes to parliament Call for 20mph limits goes to parliament

A SURVEY has revealed overwhelming support for 20mph limits, as road safety charity Brake takes their campaign to parliament today.

Speakers at the Brake and Allianz Insurance GO 20 parliamentary reception will today discuss the benefits of 20mph limits and progress being made by local authorities in implementing them. Their survey shows 78 per cent think 20mph should be the norm around schools, on residential streets, and in village, town and city centres.

The campaign claims 20mph limits lead to fewer casualties, less pollution, sociable communities, healthier lifestyles through more walking and cycling and lower costs, as every road death in the UK is estimated to cost £1.7 million. Brake is calling on government to change the national default urban speed limit to 20mph, reducing the cost of implementation for local authorities.

This survey was carried out by Surveygoo Research in February, in a representative sample of 1,000 UK adults.

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5:13pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Magor says...

Total rubbish my Dad lives in a 20mph street and cars are still doing over 40mph.
Cars that do slow down end up driving faster once out of the 20mph limit to make up lost time.
Total rubbish my Dad lives in a 20mph street and cars are still doing over 40mph. Cars that do slow down end up driving faster once out of the 20mph limit to make up lost time. Magor
  • Score: 11

6:49pm Wed 2 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

I was led to believe that most cars today are mechanically optimised to return the best performance in top gear at speeds between 30 to 45 mph.

Most cars will have to run in third ( with a four speed transmission) or fourth gear( in a five speed transmission) to stay below such a limit as 20mph .

Any knowledgeable driver will tell you this will drive up fuel consumption, and emit more pollutants in to the air, so on those two counts alone the notion of 20 mph is rather a STUPID ONE.
I was led to believe that most cars today are mechanically optimised to return the best performance in top gear at speeds between 30 to 45 mph. Most cars will have to run in third ( with a four speed transmission) or fourth gear( in a five speed transmission) to stay below such a limit as 20mph . Any knowledgeable driver will tell you this will drive up fuel consumption, and emit more pollutants in to the air, so on those two counts alone the notion of 20 mph is rather a STUPID ONE. varteg1
  • Score: 3

8:21pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

....totally agree Magor.....I live on a road with a 20mph speed limit and with ineffective speed humps which do nothing to deter the boy and girl racers.....like the increasing numbers of drivers who go through red lights......any change will have limited affect without effective policing and compliance
....totally agree Magor.....I live on a road with a 20mph speed limit and with ineffective speed humps which do nothing to deter the boy and girl racers.....like the increasing numbers of drivers who go through red lights......any change will have limited affect without effective policing and compliance Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: -1

8:29pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

...by far what would be more effective would be to make anyone caught by a speed camera to have a black box tracker....that some insurance companies use to monitor younger drivers.
my teenage daughter has one with the Co-Op car insurance...and you can log onto their website and see various aspects...late braking, speeding, acceleration can be checked....
why penalise sensible drivers who recognise and adjust to road conditions when it is the speed junkies who are the real problem....
...by far what would be more effective would be to make anyone caught by a speed camera to have a black box tracker....that some insurance companies use to monitor younger drivers. my teenage daughter has one with the Co-Op car insurance...and you can log onto their website and see various aspects...late braking, speeding, acceleration can be checked.... why penalise sensible drivers who recognise and adjust to road conditions when it is the speed junkies who are the real problem.... Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: 2

8:58am Thu 3 Apr 14

BUDDAH WELSH says...

Dave on his Soapbox wrote:
...by far what would be more effective would be to make anyone caught by a speed camera to have a black box tracker....that some insurance companies use to monitor younger drivers.
my teenage daughter has one with the Co-Op car insurance...and you can log onto their website and see various aspects...late braking, speeding, acceleration can be checked....
why penalise sensible drivers who recognise and adjust to road conditions when it is the speed junkies who are the real problem....
Excellent idea not like the idiotic ones above all people want is people to drive in accordance to the conditions not like lunatics. And I think the idea put forward here a and let the police should have access to the information. I went to a seminar and driving not long ago with work and the fire service, ambulance and police. They all showed presentations about driving and the effects of accidents have on many people and it would stop some people driving like idiots. I also said they should bring it in has part of the driving test or to get a provisional licence you have to do this course.
[quote][p][bold]Dave on his Soapbox[/bold] wrote: ...by far what would be more effective would be to make anyone caught by a speed camera to have a black box tracker....that some insurance companies use to monitor younger drivers. my teenage daughter has one with the Co-Op car insurance...and you can log onto their website and see various aspects...late braking, speeding, acceleration can be checked.... why penalise sensible drivers who recognise and adjust to road conditions when it is the speed junkies who are the real problem....[/p][/quote]Excellent idea not like the idiotic ones above all people want is people to drive in accordance to the conditions not like lunatics. And I think the idea put forward here a and let the police should have access to the information. I went to a seminar and driving not long ago with work and the fire service, ambulance and police. They all showed presentations about driving and the effects of accidents have on many people and it would stop some people driving like idiots. I also said they should bring it in has part of the driving test or to get a provisional licence you have to do this course. BUDDAH WELSH
  • Score: 0

3:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Petrus Barba says...

Many of the roads near me are rural single lane, with blind corners at regular intervals. To drive at even 20 MPH is unwise in those conditions. Most of your correspondents appear to be citing urban roads in their arguments against a 20 MPH limit
Many of the roads near me are rural single lane, with blind corners at regular intervals. To drive at even 20 MPH is unwise in those conditions. Most of your correspondents appear to be citing urban roads in their arguments against a 20 MPH limit Petrus Barba
  • Score: 1

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