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National Lib Dems back 20mph zones
8:18am Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
THE Liberal Democrats nationally have backed “widespread” 20mph speed limits despite opposition by its York party to a city-wide scheme.
A motion tabled at the Lib Dem conference in Brighton called for councils to “give active consideration” to introducing the lower limits on residential streets and other “suitable” roads over the next few years and for the Department of Transport to work with local authorities to achieve this.
City of York Council aims to introduce 20mph limits on all residential roads by the end of 2014, but the blanket approach has been opposed by the council’s Lib Dem group, which says it will be too expensive. They say money should be targeted at specific areas instead.
The group’s leader, Coun Carol Runciman , said she was pleased the motion was amended to “recognise the principle” that local councils should decide their own 20mph policy. She said: “We have always supported 20mph zones in areas where there is a clear need, such as outside schools .”