Edinburgh is introducing 20mph speed limits in all residential areas in a bid to reduce the number of car accidents.
The new restrictions must be strictly enforced if safety is to improve, politicians have warned.
The city’s transport and environment committee sanctioned rolling out 20mph maximum limits to every residential street, main shopping street, city centre street, and those with busy pedestrian and/or cyclist activity.
The move follows a successful trial in the Marchmont, Grange and Prestonfield areas of the Scottish capital.
John Palmer, chair of Grange/Prestonfield community council, believes enforcement is essential. Warning letters were sent out to drivers exceeding the limit in the pilot areas.
Cllr Palmer said: “That did have an impact, but we were concerned the police did not follow it up by fining people.” He has urged Police Scotland to work together with the council on this.
Scotland’s first city to launch limits
Conservative group transport spokeswoman Joanna Mowat asked for a definition of a residential street in the bid to reduce car accidents.
Transport convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds said there will be clear plans about where the zones should be.
Edinburgh will be Scotland’s first city to launch such widespread 20mph limits. Cllr Hinds said CCTV cameras could be used to help enforce the zones.
Cllr Hinds added: “We want to encourage drivers to keep their speed down and get used to that, rather than fining people.”
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Source: Transport Scotland
Date Published: August 29, 2013
Author: David Brown