Edinburgh residents urged to report drivers who break 20mph speed limit

The new 20mph limit in Balerno. Picture: Jon Savage
The new 20mph limit in Balerno. Picture: Jon Savage
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RESIDENTS would be asked to shop speeding motorists who break the Capital’s new 20mph limit under proposals from a leading charity.

Bosses at Living Streets Scotland have suggested the city council consider implementing a “community-led” monitoring drive as part of efforts to assess the scheme’s success.

The 20mph zone has been met with a mixed reponse.

The 20mph zone has been met with a mixed reponse.

The approach, which has already been trialled in England, sees those in breach of the rules receive police letters telling them locals view their speed as “inappropriate”.

Living Streets Scotland director Stuart Hay called on the city council to be bold in its management of the new arrangement.

He said: “The scale of the 20mph rollout means the council will need to be innovative in terms of enforcement.

“For residential areas, the council could consider community-led awareness and monitoring, allowing local people to work with police help to monitor speeds in their streets.

“Rather than formal fines, this community-based approach makes drivers aware via a police letter that their speed is viewed by their local community as inappropriate. Examples of this approach have been trialled in England and could be piloted in Edinburgh.”

The Capital’s 20mph network – Scotland’s first – went live on Sunday and will be rolled out on a phased basis. City chiefs have said they will measure its impact by looking at factors such as traffic speeds, road casualties, emissions and vehicle levels.

A series of “before and after” surveys will also be compared so that any issues can be identified and addressed.

Monitoring will be undertaken throughout the implementation period. Findings are due to be presented to transport bosses one year after completion of the final phase, which is expected in February 2018.

Analysis carried out following the rollout of the 20mph scheme in Portsmouth found the scheme resulted in a 13 per cent reduction in accidents.

Councillor Adam McVey, deputy transport leader, said: “As evidence shows, reducing average urban speeds can significantly lower the likelihood and severity of road collisions.

“Calmer road speeds also help people feel more relaxed when using their streets, so we hope in turn that the scheme will encourage more people to venture out on foot or by bike to enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere when travelling, working or shopping on their streets.”