20 mph speed limits in Wales

20 mph speed limitsLocal councils are going to introduce 20 mph speed limits in Wales as the default in built-up areas. How long before the rest of the UK follows suit?

There have long been 20 mph speed limits in zones in residential areas, which local councils could apply to introduce. The tables have now turned however. It is now up to the local authorities together with their communities, to apply for permission to keep a 30 mph in place on road which are considered ‘unsuitable’ for a lower limit.

Traffic Signs

Many thousands will now need to spent on new traffic signs. Drivers will need to know that a 30 limit is in force on roads which previously needed no signage at all.

The authorities claim that it will encourage more people to walk and cycle within those communities. But to date, no traffic reduction scheme has ever been successful in doing that. There will never be a  reduction in car users unless there are drastic improvements in public transport reliability and affordability.

They also claim that it will improve our health and wealth being; but most drivers probably find that crawling along when in traffic actually greatly increases stress levels.

Pollution

It will also apparently be better for the environment which will be safeguarded for future generations. The big problem with this is that car manufacturers design engines to run most efficiently at low speed in low gears. They actually burn far more fuel and create far more pollution this way.

That pollution could possibly create a much more toxic atmosphere. That will probably cause more people to be reliant on the NHS, rather than the smaller number they claim that this scheme will result in.

Update

It seems that the idea of this blanket spped reduction idea did not go down very well. Following a wave of complaints from those who don’t enjoy driving everywhere at 20mph, there is a change of plan. Councils are now looking at lifting the speed limit back up to 30 mph in many areas. Not like councils to waste money with decisions like these is it?

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