Letters: 20mph speed limits will slow down business too

Bus journeys will get longer, bosses have warned. Picture: Jane Barlow

Bus journeys will get longer, bosses have warned. Picture: Jane Barlow

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I fully agree with the assessment of bus chiefs that more 20mph zones could lead to a poorer service and higher fares (Lothian bosses say 20 is a limit too far”, News, September 24).

To use simple figure s, if it takes me 30 minutes to drive to a destination at 60mph, it would take me an hour to drive to the same destination if the speed was cut to 30mph. The same sort of principle applies if speed limits are cut from 30mph down to 20mph. The journey will take longer.

In business, the longer something takes, the higher the cost generally becomes because time is money.

It could become the case that Lothian might have to employ more drivers to cover the change in speed limits because longer journey times could mean drivers going over their prescribed driving hours, which is against the law.

If you need to employ more drivers as a result of this, then that either has to be covered by a rise in fares or a cut in services.

Not only could more 20mph zones lead to a rise in bus fares but also a rise in food prices in the shops and any other business could also 
potentially have to raise prices.

If a trades person for example is hit by more 20mph zones then they will see fewer customers in a day and to cover their costs he or she will either have to pass a price rise on to customers or lay off some of their staff.

If there is a need for 20mph zones such as outside a school or a play park then this is fair enough, but I do not support a blanket 20mph across the city and in case city officials had not noticed, it is often impossible to go much faster than 20mph in the city even at the best of times.

Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth

Use your head and not your Hearts

I WAS shocked to read a Hearts supporters’ spokesperson on the front page of the Evening News criticising the council for selling land (Anger as city sells Tynecastle car park, News, September 25).

Given that Hearts went into administration with debts of £90,000 owed to the council – money we tax payers will never see – a period of absolute and utter silence from the spokesperson would be greatly appreciated.

Unless of course the spokesperson thinks Hearts should sell some players and pay back the £90,000? No, I didn’t hear them saying that so I return to the main point – a period of absolute and utter silence from Hearts fans over financial issues surrounding the council would be appreciated.

I am sure other decent Hearts fans blushed when they read this article.

Tam McCafferty, Drumbrae South, Edinburgh

Don’t stay silent on new ‘gagging law’

The “gagging law” which the UK Government is currently trying to rush through Parliament in the next fortnight seems to have slipped from many newspapers’ sight.

This law will effectively prevent non-politicians from speaking out on the main issues of concern in our daily lives. Politics, after all, is far too important to leave to politicians. They miss many things that affect everyday people because they live in their little, nicely rewarded bubbles.

Alan Ramsay, Saughton Gardens, Edinburgh

Keir must back up words with action

OF course brownfield sites should be developed. Colin Keir MSP, pictured, is absolutely right. Indeed, I am indebted to him for raising it (City’s green belt will take weight as house building kicks into gear, News, September 25).

Passing the wasteland of the old Sighthill high flats on a daily basis, I do wonder why, since the two demolitions of 2008 and 2011, there was and is, no movement by the council to build anything.

Mr Keir was an SNP city councillor elected in 2007, so would have had an overview of what was being done at Sighthill and subsequently not done. He became an SNP MSP in 2011 (whilst remaining a councillor until 2012).

His party and government has cut the money given to councils and 
agencies for housing and new build. That should be a worrying wake-up call to us all.

So Mr Keir, use your brawn to not only get the lost money back, but also to increase the real housing budget for the rest of this parliament.

Graham Davidson, Sighthill, Edinburgh

Air ambulance needs support from readers

I AM appealing to readers to support Scotland’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance during National Air Ambulance Week, which ends tomorrow.

We launched Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) at the end of May and it has already proved to be a vital part of the emergency services network, flying more than 135 time-critical operations in less than four months.

Integrated with the Scottish Ambulance Service, SCAA is already making a huge difference to lives and livelihoods right across the country. Testimonials from people whose lives we have touched show what a difference SCAA is making – and can continue to make with your support.

This crucial life-saving service comes at a price – around £1.5 million each year – and we need help. If everyone in Scotland donated even £1 it would fund the service for three years.

SCAA’s crew of highly experienced pilots and capable Scottish Ambulance Service air paramedics will be there to help you tomorrow, so please help them today.

During National Air Ambulance Week SCAA will be launching its own Scotland-wide Lottery. Canvassers will be out and about in your area soon and we urge you to sign up.

You will soon be able to sign up on our brilliant new website at www.scaa.org.uk.

Gavin Davey, chief executive, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance