New driving law proposals: Speed limits could be reduced to 20mph to ‘save lives’

UK motorways: Highways England warns drivers of speed limits

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Experts at GEM Motoring Assist have called upon safety organisations to see the “benefits of lower speeds”. They are hoping to persuade Governments to introduce “low-speed streets” as quickly as possible to help “save lives”.

The plans would limit vehicles to 20mph where people “walk, live and play”.

The comments come just two weeks before Global Road Safety Week.

GEM Motoring Assist said it was an assertion lower speeds would save countless lives.

Neil Worth, chief executive of GEM Motoring Assist said: “Low speed on roads can help save lives and are the heart of any community.

“20mph speed limits where people and traffic mix make for streets that are healthy, green and liveable.

“That’s why the UN is calling them ‘streets for life.”

“So we are joining safety organisations around the world to make policymakers aware of the benefits of lower speed.

“We want to persuade them to act for low-speed streets worldwide, limiting speeds to 20 mph where people walk, live and play.”

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A recent study from Bristol showed the introduction of a 20mph limit was associated with a 63 percent reduction in fatal injuries between 2008 and 2016.

There also appears to be widespread supper for lower speeds to be introduced as well.

A Department for Transport survey found 70 percent of motorists agreed a 20mph limit was the right speed for where people live.

A poll in Scotland suggested 65 percent were in favour of the proposals.

The survey suggested as many as one in four people said the new scheme was likely to make them more likely to walk and cycle again.

Wales will be the first nation to introduce a national 20mph limit for residential areas by 2023.

A 2018 report from Atkins, AECOM and Professor Mike Maher of University College London found drivers were more likely to lower their speed when a 20mph limit was introduced.

The data shows drivers are travelling less than 24mph on average in case study areas.

They said introducing 20mph limits in some areas has helped to “reinforce” speeds in some areas where averages had crept up.

The report said the move to introduce 20mph limits was “generally supported”.

Many local residents see the scheme as beneficial to local residents and pedestrians.

They said: “The study shows that 20mph limits are generally supported and there is little call for the limit to be changed back to 30mph; even though most residents and users do not perceive vehicle speeds to have changed.

“Local residents and other road users generally perceive the 20mph limits as beneficial for local residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

“From a driver perspective, they make driving at a slower speed more acceptable.”

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