20mph Speed Limit

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 15 June 2023.

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Photo of Ariane Burgess Ariane Burgess Green

4. To ask the Scottish Government how it is encouraging local authorities across the country to follow the lead of Highland Council in rolling out the 20mph speed limit in built-up areas. (S6O-02376)

Photo of Patrick Harvie Patrick Harvie Green

The Scottish Government is committed to developing a national strategy for 20mph speed limits, which supports commitments in the 2021 Bute house agreement and the 2022 programme for government.

We welcome Highland Council’s enthusiasm as an early adopter of the strategy and we want to see more areas of Scotland benefiting. In addition to the £1.4 million that was allocated to road authorities in the most recent financial year to help them to identify the number of roads affected and to assess the financial implications, we will also be providing funding to all road authorities to fully implement 20mph speed limits by 2025.

Photo of Ariane Burgess Ariane Burgess Green

That is an encouraging response. There are 118 communities that will benefit from Highland Council’s roll-out of 20mph speed limits. Will the minister share how the working group is progressing to ensure that more councils roll out those schemes, alongside investment in high-quality active travel routes such as those that were recently completed at the Inverness campus and at Raigmore?

Photo of Patrick Harvie Patrick Harvie Green

Having 20mph speed limits in cities, towns and villages—particularly in places where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix—is internationally recognised as a key element in reducing road casualties and creating safe conditions for people to walk, wheel and cycle.

The multipartner task group, which includes members of the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, as well as various active travel and sustainable travel partners, agreed that the wider policy objectives should be considered alongside road assessments being conducted.