Ruskell welcomes inquiry by Holyrood committee into Safer Streets bill

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose Safer Streets bill aims to reduce injuries and deaths by making 20mph the standard speed limit in built-up areas, today (9 Nov) welcomed the launch of an inquiry by Holyrood's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee into the proposal. 

Last year, polling commissioned by the Green MSPs found that, once don’t knows were removed, 54.7% of people said they support the introduction of 20mph default speed limits with only 29.3% of people opposing. [2]

Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife, said:

"I'm pleased to see the REC Committee asking for views on my bill, which aims to make our streets safer and healthier places to live, work and play. When I consulted last year in drawing up my bill, I received a huge amount of evidence from communities across Scotland frustrated at the current complex and patchy process for getting safer speed limits in town centres and residential areas. 

"20mph is popular with the public, enjoys cross-party support and expert backing, and will undoubtedly reduce accidents and saves lives. I look forward to the Committee gathering views and scrutinising the bill in the months ahead."