Plans to reduce the speed limit on most residential and urban streets across Scotland from 30mph to 20mph are being considered by a Holyrood committee.
The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has launched an inquiry inviting views from the public and stakeholders on whether they would support a change in the law to introduce a 20 mile per hour speed limit in built up areas throughout Scotland.
The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill would reduce the speed limit on most residential and urban streets (technically known as restricted roads) from 30mph to 20mph. The aims of the Bill include improving pedestrian and cyclist health and safety, and reducing pollution from vehicle emissions.
Edward Mountain MSP, Convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee said:
“Our inquiry will explore what impact a 20 mile per hour speed limit could have on communities, and whether this speed limit will help to make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
“A number of local authorities across Scotland have already introduced a 20mph speed limit, but we want to find out whether there is support for a roll-out across Scotland. We look forward to hearing from a wide range of people, from members of the public to safety campaigners and local authorities.”
Some of the questions the Committee will be asking include:
• Is reducing the speed limit to 20mph to in 30mph areas the best way of achieving the aims of the Bill?
• How will the 20mph Bill affect you?
• It is proposed that a national awareness campaign is required to introduce a 20mph speed limit. Do you agree with this? And if so – what shape should any campaign take?
• Should Police Scotland be required to take additional enforcement action, over and above that used to enforce the current 30mph limit, following the introduction of a default 20mph limit on restricted roads?
• What kind of timescale is needed for the 20mph speed limit to be introduced?
• Do you have any comments on the impact that the Bill might have in relation to sustainable development, or island, rural or remote communities?
The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament by the Member in Charge, Mark Ruskell MSP, on 21 September 2018. The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has been designated as the lead committee for Stage 1 consideration of the Bill.
The expected deadline for completion for the Committee’s consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 is 21 June 2019.
The call for views will run for 11 weeks until Monday 28 January 2019.
You can respond to this call for evidence by either sending in a detailed written submission, or completing a short online survey.