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Allow 30mph speed limit signs on lit streets

1 Comment 5th July 2010

To scrap the sections of the Road Traffic Act of 1934 and the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which make it illegal for councils to put-up 30 mph speed limit signs where there are street lights.

Amazingly, drivers are supposed to know that the lights mean the limit is 30 mph. It may be obvious in towns, but in suburbs or more rural areas with lights it isn't. Consequently people speed. I live on a straight stretch of road where cars do 40 mph or more most of the time. It's a 30mph limit, but the lack of 30 mph signs means everyone ignores that. The paths are narrow and it's almost impossible for children to cross safely. There must be lots of roads like this around the UK.

Given how hard successive Governments have worked to reduce the numbers of people killed on the roads – and given speed is a factor in so many accidents – it seems completely mad not to scrap this law. It's a simple, cheap way of helping drivers remember what the speed limit is. Please support this proposal – and help reduce the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

Why does this matter?

65 percent of serious accidents occur in 30 mph areas.  A car travelling at 35 mph takes another 21 feet to stop over one travelling at 30 mph. It's potentially the difference between an injury being serious or fatal.

The AA has supported the idea, as has ROSPA. the Conservative MP Chris Grayling tried to bring in a bill in 2002 to change the law, but lack of Parliamentary time stopped him.

I honestly cannot think of an argument against this – it really does seem to me to be a no-brainer.

 

 

 


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One Response to Allow 30mph speed limit signs on lit streets

  1. Dr GF says:

    The emphasis on street lighting to indicate a speed limit is archaic, confusing and inappropriate. With recent speed reduction directives, there is a mismatch between the perceived maximum speed of a road (based on it’s natural design) and the artificial enforcement of speed limits. A ban of 30mph repeater signs on roads designed for higher speed limits simply creates confusion and aids criminalisation of innocent drivers.

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