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Speed Limits: Safety Measures

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of 20 mph zones in reducing the incidence of child casualties and improving road safety; and if she will make a statement. (159763)

Transport Research Laboratory Report 215 “Review of Traffic Calming Schemes in 20 mph zones”, published in 1996, found that self enforcing 20 mph zones achieved an average 9 mph reduction in vehicle speeds, that accident frequency fell by 60 per cent. and that the number of accidents involving children reduced by 67 per cent.