Speed Limits

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 14 June 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the 2020 Stockholm Declaration, what steps his Department has taken to introduce a maximum road travel speed of 20mph where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government takes road safety very seriously and continues to support activities that promote road safety domestically and internationally, as well as supporting the aims of both the UN and Stockholm Declarations.

Local authorities already have the power to set 20mph speed limits where people and traffic mix. The Department’s guidance, designed to make sure that speed limits are appropriately and consistently set while allowing for flexibility to deal with local circumstances, makes clear that 20mph can be introduced both on streets that are primarily residential and on other town and city streets where pedestrian and cyclist movements are high. This outweighs the disadvantage of longer journey times for motorised traffic.

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