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Local authorities to decide speed limits


TRANSPORT MINISTER Lord Whitty last week refused to impose blanket speed limit reductions on British roads despite pressure from safety campaigners.

Instead, he said it was up to local authorities to bring in lower limits where appropriate.

Whitty made the announcement as he unveiled the Government's new road safety strategy. This includes measures to cut drink driving, boost child safety and impose lower speed limits.

'A mandatory national speed limit of 20mph in urban areas, for example, is not sensible because it will lead to congestion problems and high fuel emissions in some areas. At the moment only local authorities can see what roads fall into what categories.'

(See news feature page 14)

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