A campaign to introduce more 20mph speed limit zones to improve road safety is backed by a big majority of the public, according to a new survey.
Road safety charity Brake is asking MPs to support its GO 20 campaign to make the lower speed limits commonplace near schools, in residential areas and in city, town and village centres.
A poll conducted by the charity and Allianz Insurance found 78% of the people would support the move, saying it would cut road traffic accidents.
The charity said the number of road accidents in Camden in north London had been cut by 54% after 20mph limits were introduced while the number of people hurt in crashes in Portsmouth had fallen by 22%.
‘Senseless casualties need tackling’
Julie Townsend, chief executive of Brake, said the campaign sought to protect people’s right to walk and cycle in safety.
She added: “We need to tackle the senseless and violent casualties that continue to happen daily on our roads and we need to enable people to live healthy, active, social lives. It’s clear that 20mph limits in communities can help bring this about – and it’s clear this is what people want.”
A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said it was down to local councils to set speed limits on local roads.
But she added that the Government had published new guidance to make it easier for local authorities to introduce 20mph speed limit zones.
The spokeswoman said research had shown that the lower speed limit could help save lives on certain roads.
The City of London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Newcastle are among the other areas where 20mph zones have already been introduced.