Charity reveals huge support for low speed limits, but policing is key, says Bradford councillor

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Val Slater Councillor Val Slater

Enforcement is the key to 20mph zones being effective in making roads safer around schools and on residential streets, according to Bradford Council transport bosses.

Councillor Val Slater, executive member in charge of transport, said that while neighbouring Calderdale is investigating the introduction of the reduced speed limit in all residential areas, Bradford currently has no plans for the blanket zones. It will instead first evaluate Calderdale’s scheme once it is up and running.

It comes as road safety charity Brake and Allianz Insurance have today revealed public support for 20mph limits following a survey earlier this year. It shows that eight in ten people believe 20mph should be the norm around schools, on residential streets, and in village, town and city centres.

Coun Slater said: “20mph zones are something that we are looking at on a case-by-case basis. I recognise that especially around schools a reduction in the speed limit does save lives.

“However, the driving public don’t always accede to the speed limit in these zones.

“We could put blanket zones in, but they would not be effective unless we and the police have the resources to enforce them.”

There are a number of 20mph zones across the district, including a major traffic calming scheme in Shipley, which was introduced last year. The 20mph zones in Nab Wood, Moorhead and Avondale are part of the wider Saltaire Roundabout Improvement Plan.

Last month it was reported that a 20mph limit is being introduced on the Coppice Wood estate near Queensway Primary School in Yeadon, and that one of Harden’s main roads – Long Lane – will become a 20mph zone after a traffic survey.

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10:00am Wed 2 Apr 14

Joedavid says...

30 mph limits often appear not to be enforced I suggest that is got right first.
30 mph limits often appear not to be enforced I suggest that is got right first. Joedavid
  • Score: 6

10:53am Wed 2 Apr 14

allannicho says...

Retrograde step unless targeted precisely.
Retrograde step unless targeted precisely. allannicho
  • Score: 4

11:24am Wed 2 Apr 14

tch999 says...

Nobody ever adheres to the 20mph on Saltaire Road that runs all the way from the new roundabout replacement junction to the primary school halfway down the road. I'm sick of people constantly sitting on my bumper as I try to stick to the limit they placed there a good while ago. If there was a threat of a mobile camera van being setup there every now and again, I bet it would make people slow down!
Nobody ever adheres to the 20mph on Saltaire Road that runs all the way from the new roundabout replacement junction to the primary school halfway down the road. I'm sick of people constantly sitting on my bumper as I try to stick to the limit they placed there a good while ago. If there was a threat of a mobile camera van being setup there every now and again, I bet it would make people slow down! tch999
  • Score: 4

12:36pm Wed 2 Apr 14

justjustice says...

I love this logic, let's reduce the speed limit for drivers who already do not obey the higher speed limit, that'll make them go slower.....

Yes, it is lunacy! It's not the roads which need lower limits but catching those drivers who disobey the laws, I repeat LAWS, just because they think they have the right to go faster because they:

a) have a fast car
b) are late and in a hurry
c) need to drop off/pick up their kids first or they will be late
d) always speed no matter what the situation

Currently 51% say they want all residential areas with a 20mph limit. Now imagine if the poll was to add GPS trackers to all vehicles which automatically limit you from speeding even if you try, thereby making all roads safer for everyone; yeah they'll all be saying NO to that!
And we all know these same people would not adhere to the 20mph they are demanding because of the reasons above and many more.
I love this logic, let's reduce the speed limit for drivers who already do not obey the higher speed limit, that'll make them go slower..... Yes, it is lunacy! It's not the roads which need lower limits but catching those drivers who disobey the laws, I repeat LAWS, just because they think they have the right to go faster because they: a) have a fast car b) are late and in a hurry c) need to drop off/pick up their kids first or they will be late d) always speed no matter what the situation Currently 51% say they want all residential areas with a 20mph limit. Now imagine if the poll was to add GPS trackers to all vehicles which automatically limit you from speeding even if you try, thereby making all roads safer for everyone; yeah they'll all be saying NO to that! And we all know these same people would not adhere to the 20mph they are demanding because of the reasons above and many more. justjustice
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Are 20 MPH zones enforceable? I was led to believe that due to the slow speed actual accuracy could not be trusted. Obviously if you were doing 30+ that would be enforceable and measured.

I wait for someone to add information regarding this, maybe things have changed.
Are 20 MPH zones enforceable? I was led to believe that due to the slow speed actual accuracy could not be trusted. Obviously if you were doing 30+ that would be enforceable and measured. I wait for someone to add information regarding this, maybe things have changed. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

cockadoodledo says...

A 20mph speed limit through Gilstead is just a farse! .
Villagers in Gilstead asked for speed bumps and for a 20mph zone past a recreation ground and past the local school,-the result- makes no difference at all.
Complained about the speeds- We have been told by the Police, once its a 20mph limit, the Police will not enforce the speed limit, the scheme should be self-policing!
Should that be the case!!!-Dont bother leave the limit at 30mph, then the Police CAN do somethng about it.!
A 20mph speed limit through Gilstead is just a farse! . Villagers in Gilstead asked for speed bumps and for a 20mph zone past a recreation ground and past the local school,-the result- makes no difference at all. Complained about the speeds- We have been told by the Police, once its a 20mph limit, the Police will not enforce the speed limit, the scheme should be self-policing! Should that be the case!!!-Dont bother leave the limit at 30mph, then the Police CAN do somethng about it.! cockadoodledo
  • Score: 2

6:00pm Wed 2 Apr 14

awasteoftime says...

The Police WILL NOT enforce 20 mph zones as they are of the view that they should be self enforcing, what a laugh. They will use Speed Watch where the Police turn up in high Vis jackets and a sign then stand where they can be seen with a speed gun. Guess what the drivers all slow down so don't get caught.
The only way to stop speeding drivers is to issue penalty tickets that seems to hurt and slow them down.
It is bit like using mobile phones in the car a lot of people still use them as they feel they can get away with it. Same with speeding unless speed cameras or Police van in use but well screened. It is too late when someone is knocked down.
The Police WILL NOT enforce 20 mph zones as they are of the view that they should be self enforcing, what a laugh. They will use Speed Watch where the Police turn up in high Vis jackets and a sign then stand where they can be seen with a speed gun. Guess what the drivers all slow down so don't get caught. The only way to stop speeding drivers is to issue penalty tickets that seems to hurt and slow them down. It is bit like using mobile phones in the car a lot of people still use them as they feel they can get away with it. Same with speeding unless speed cameras or Police van in use but well screened. It is too late when someone is knocked down. awasteoftime
  • Score: 2

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