Motorists against 20mph zones, study reveals

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 13:00
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OPPOSED: Are you against 20mph zones?

Blanket 20mph speed limits on urban roads are opposed by half of UK drivers, research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has suggested.

The road safety charity’s study found only a third of drivers are willing to embrace the idea and a fifth are undecided, with male drivers more likely to be opposed than female.

Fifty-five per cent of young drivers were against 20mph limits in towns while 34% of older drivers were in favour.

However, 94% agreed lower speed limit zones outside schools would be a good idea, with areas nearby parks (34%), hospitals (21%) and shops (21%) also popular.

Only 8% of respondents opted for 20mph near cycle lanes.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the IAM, said: “Drivers are not as negative about 20mph speed limits as many commentators would have us believe.

“Those responding to our survey found it quite easy to stick to 20 and there is large scale support for 20mph outside schools.

“However, most drivers don’t want 30mph zones to be replaced with 20mph in towns.

“Many drivers still need to be convinced it would be a benefit.

“Re-education is also much more popular than prosecution.

“The total number of under 16s involved in accidents between school rush hours in the morning and afternoon is 6,106.

“Good design and widespread consultation is the key to the successful use of 20mph zones as a road safety tool because limits that match the road environment enforce themselves.”