|London, 1 Dec 1999.
For immediate release.
Despite the Government's action, local authorities still have powers to reduce speed limits with minimum consultation. The Government has already passed responsibility for unpopular moves for new town driving and office parking taxes onto local authorities, and it is now seeking to do the same with speed limits.
It is good to see the Government's move away from blanket limits, but many local authorities are still heading down this route, putting in unnecessary new limits in towns, villages and on the open road. These new, artificially low limits can cause deaths, not save lives. The Government needs to make sure that local authorities set limits in accordance with carefully researched national standards.
The ABD has suggested a new Four Point Plan to boost road safety:
"Government policy is costing lives on the roads. Vitally needed new road projects to upgrade dangerous single carriageway roads to dual carriageways, provide proper graded junctions to replace dangerous centre crossings points, and to bypass small towns and villages have been cancelled. The Government needs to invest in active road safety campaigns, not merely reduce speed limits."