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Speed Limits

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 14011, tabled on 10 June 2021

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.

Answered on

14 June 2021

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.