It's just going to worsen pollution
THE argument that a 20mph speed limit will improve air quality is barely credible. The average vehicle travelling at 30mph can proceed at approx 1000 rpm, whereas the same vehicle travelling at 20mph would need to proceed at approx. 2000 rpm, thus doubling the emissions affecting air pollution..
A question arises respecting the safety of a 20mph speed limit. My own observations, which concur with the many persons that I have consulted, are that to conform with such a limit a driver is going to spend more time studying the speedometer than the same driver travelling at 30mph. This is clearly a recipe for more accidents, not less. I understand that unofficially the Police are concerned over this issue. This was referred to at a recent Speed Awareness Course attended by a close associate of mine.
Recent studies have shown that there is a case for explaining the rise in the number of confirmed cases of Autism because of the increase in Traffic pollution.
The current set of speed limits as set throughout the city, (except in those areas already having a 20mph speed limit) are generally self-regulating.
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Most side roads in the city are clogged with parked cars which in itself means that speed travel is naturally regulated. There is the odd exception.
Having stated thus it must be conceded that no regulation will stop the habitual speeder.
Thus, the need for a regulated 20mph speed limit is totally unnecessary. From my own observations the 20mph speed limits that are already in force are a total waste of time because nobody is taking any notice of them anyway. Has anybody yet been prosecuted for exceeding the 20mph speed limit?
The police have already said that the 20mph speed limit is totally unenforceable. Can the Council tell us how many children in the city have been injured or worse because a driver was travelling at 30mph instead of 20mph? Bristol is already quoted as one of the most traffic polluted cities in Europe and here is a Council bent on making it worse, with apparent disregard for long term health issues. Who will stand up and be counted when the inevitable happens?