Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has called on the Scottish Government to put road safety first and get behind plans to roll out 20mph speed limits in Scotland’s residential areas.
Mr Ruskell who brought forward legislation to make 20mph the default speed limit on Scotland’s streets last year, made the call as the Senedd in Wales backed detailed plans for a national 20mph residential speed limit to be introduced by 2023. The plans agreed by a two thirds majority are identical to those proposed by Mr Ruskell at Holyrood last year.
Mark Ruskell MSP said:
“Introducing default 20mph speed limits in residential areas across Scotland is the simplest, quickest and cheapest way to reduce casualties and save lives. Last year Scotland had the opportunity to lead the way in the UK but failed to take it. Now that Wales are proceeding with this life saving policy it’s time for us to think again and prioritise the safety of our communities. I will be looking to re-introduce legislative proposals for a default 20mph limit in the next session of Parliament.”