Motorists face 20mph speed limits on urban roads, enforced with average speed cameras, if new rules proposed by the Government get the green light.
The proposed restrictions are part of new road safety legislation intended to cut road deaths by a third over the next decade. Variable speed limits will be introduced on main roads near schools, with digital signs instructing drivers to reduce their speed.
Average speed cameras, commonly used on motorways, will enforce the 20mph restrictions instead of speed humps. The Home Office is expected to approve the use of average speed cameras in urban zones within the next few months.
A consultation document on this new road safety strategy will be published before the end of this year which will set out tough measures and specific targets for reducing road deaths.
Along with the widespread 20mph restrictions in town a lower drink-drive limit is also being proposed in the Government dossier, along with six penalty points for seriously breaking the speed limit and for not wearing seatbelts.