New figures reveal that 40 per cent of British drivers would welcome a 20mph speed limit in urban areas.
A survey by Motorpoint, a leading supermarket group in the UK has sited that 12 million people would agree to a 20mph speed limit on their city’s streets. This comes after the RAC Foundation stated that drivers would not accept a lower speed limit in urban areas.
The proposal to cut the speed limit by 10mph was featured within proposals to the Government from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety last year, and Portsmouth has recently become the first city to apply the 20mph speed limit.
The proposal is aimed at reducing the annual death toll on Britain’s roads which is currently set at 3,100 people.
Motorpoint managing director David Shelton said: “We know many of our customers are interested in road safety from the questions they ask about safety equipment such as electronic stability control on the cars they buy. And as the only car retailer in membership of RoadSafe, we are committed to delivering the road safety message at point of sale.
“Nevertheless, we were surprised at the extent to which people seem ready to accept a lower speed limit in residential areas, particularly when government TV advertising is still trying to persuade more people to abide by the 30mph limit.”
Around 1,200 residential roads are currently included in the Portsmouth project and as such, it is being closely monitored by other local authorities. It is thought that Norwich City Council will be the next city to introduce a similar scheme.