Tories Plan No Further 20 MPH Zones
Hampshire Conservatives have ruled out introducing any further 20mph speed zones in the County.
At a HCC Decision Day this week, the Tory Portfolio Holder for the Environment decided that the zones where 20 mph limits have been in place as part of a trial will stay, but that no further schemes will be implemented.
The findings of the review indicated that the lower speed limits had little impact on curtailing average speeds and there has been no observed impact on casualties.
Councillor David Harrison, the Member for Totton South & Marchwood, had asked for new zones to be created in his division, especially near schools, but it looks as though these won’t now happen.
He says “Whilst I strongly believe in following evidence before making policy, I don’t think that all factors have been taking into account when making this decision.
We all know that speed limits have to be enforced, otherwise drivers ignore them.
I think the shortage of police officers undertaking this work will have had a major impact on the trials.
I would still like to see 20 mph speed limits in some places, including outside schools and retail areas, particularly where elderly people are often crossing the road”.
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