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Speed Limits

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many 20 mph speed limit zones have been introduced in each region in (a) each of the last eight years and (b) 2008; (227069)

(2) how many 20 mph speed limit zones have been introduced near schools in each region in (a) each of the last eight years and (b) 2008.

This information is not held by the Department. Local traffic authorities are responsible for setting local speed limits and have powers to introduce 20 mph speed limits and 20 mph zones if they believe it appropriate to do so. They are not required to inform the Department when they change a speed limit.

The Department has recently commissioned a new research project on local road safety policy and practice. Some of the information gathered from local authorities as part of this project includes details about the implementation of 20 mph zones. The project will take three years with an interim report due in March 2009.