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New speed limit guidance for councils

New guidance to help local authorities across England set speed limits has been published by road safety minister Stephen Hammond.

The updated guidance will help local councils implement more consistent speed limits on local roads and incorporates recent changes that create more flexibility for authorities to implement 20mph limits and zones. 

Stephen Hammond said: "We want to see safe roads which meet the needs of everyone, so it is vital that councils have clear and consistent guidance to help them set appropriate speed limits on their roads. 

"Local councils should set speed limits based on their local knowledge and on the views of the community. That is why we have launched an online toolkit alongside our new guidance to help councils make the best decisions for their local areas." 

The new guidance has been published following an extensive consultation which was held last year, the results of which are also published today on the DfT website. 

The online toolkit will enable local councils to calculate the potential costs and benefits of implementing new speed limits. The launch of this toolkit fulfils a commitment in the Department for Transport's ‘Strategic Framework for Road Safety' published in 2010.

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  • Brian Goddard - 21/01/2013 11:35

    The two questions that this leaves are: 1) Who is going to police this? 2) If it’s the local councils will they use this as another revenue generator?

  • GrumpyOldMen - 21/01/2013 12:26

    FN I'd love a link to the guidance so we can judge the common sense content. This is a good idea in principle as local knowledge is invaluable. But it can be mis-applied. At least I'd rather speed limits were changed than using humps with, shall we say, rather unregulated profiling, that effectively do the same thing in an underhand way. Joe Public will have to police it by kicking off when they do something daft.

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