Harper suggests 20mph limits could make roads less safe

The Transport Secretary is warning that a blanket 20mph speed limit could put children at more risk on the roads.

The Sun reports Mark Harper as saying that widespread use of a 20mph limit “damages the ability” for the zones to have an impact on roads where a lower speed is required for safety reasons because drivers are “less likely to comply”.

He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “We want to stick with the position where 20mph speed limits make perfect sense, for example, outside a school or in a heavily built-up area where you might have children playing in a residential area or where there is a particular issue with accidents – in those areas it makes perfect sense. What we are against, and what we are looking at strengthening guidance about, is avoiding the blanket imposition of a 20mph speed limit like we’ve seen in Wales.”

It follows comments by the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, who told The Sun: “What we want to do now is make sure that all these hare-brained schemes forced on local communities, whether it’s low traffic neighbourhoods, whether it’s in blanket 20 mile an hour speed limits, all of that… need to stop.”

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