Thank you for contacting me about speed limits. I have taken note of your comments and I appreciate your concerns. It is essential that people feel safe and indeed are safe on our roads and road safety remains a priority for the Government.
I believe that local traffic authorities, rather than the central Government, are best placed to set local speed limits given their knowledge of local needs and priorities. I know that local authorities already have the power to implement 20mph speed limits if they so choose and are asked to keep the limits under review with changing circumstances.
Indeed, as we look to recover from the pandemic, local authorities may choose to implement 20mph speed limits in association with other measures to encourage more cycling and walking. Just introducing 20mph speed limits will not in itself be sufficient to meet the needs of active travel, but in consort with other measures could provide a more attractive and safer environment for walking and cycling.
As far as I am aware, the Government currently has no plans to introduce a 20mph default speed limit on urban and restricted roads in England. While a recent and comprehensive study produced some encouraging findings about 20mph limits, there is still not sufficient evidence to conclude that there has been a significant change in collisions and casualties following the introduction of 20mph limits in residential areas; however this should be kept under review and evidence-based decisions made to enhance public safety.
As always, drivers should take care on the road and stay within the speed limit. Speeding is an offence, and those caught speeding can still receive a fixed penalty notice, penalty points on their driving licence or a notice of intended prosecution.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me and share your views.