07 Jul '15, 1pm

Twenty’s plenty

Twenty’s plenty

I’ve always thought of the 30 mph speed limit in London as having been imposed since the dawn of time. The recent seemingly draconian measure by many local authorities to reduce this to a blanket 20 mph to many is a novel and unnecessary step. Yet for many years 20 mph was the norm it being introduced 80 years ago. S tatically for every 1 mph reduced in the average speed there are 6 per cent fewer accidents according to the Department for Transport who say that the limit imposed should be seen by drivers as the maximum speed rather than as a target to achieve irrespective of road conditions. The limit seems to have been successful with 1 death on the roads for every 20,000 cars. There was a blanket 20 mph speed limit for decades at the start of the last century presumably once the requirement for vehicles to be preceded by a man carrying a red flag. In 1903 the Motor Car A...

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