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The chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, Keith Vaz, has said the problems that had arisen raise questions as to whether the staff G4S had managed to recruit were up to the job.
He told BBC News:
Government proposals could also see speed limits on many rural roads in England cut from 60mph to 40mph. Roads affected could include those with a number of junctions, bends or barriers. You can read the draft guidance in full here.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: "It is vital that speed limits are suitable for local conditions and councils are best placed to determine what these limits are, based on local knowledge and the views of the community. To help, we are publishing updated guidance for consultation.
This includes a number of initiatives we have introduced to improve road safety, including making it easier for local authorities and communities to put in place 20 mph schemes, or use common-sense measures such as variable speed limits outside schools."
Under the guidance councils will be encouraged to expand 20mph zones and limits in urban and residential areas where it can be shown they benefit safety and quality of life. There are around 2,000 schemes in England with research suggesting that introducing a 20mph zone can cut collisions by 60%.
Councils will be given greater freedom to introduce 20mph schemes under new government proposals to improve road safety.
Local officials will also have more scope to cut speeds on rural roads with a history of accidents and introduce variable speed limits outside schools as part of the updated Department for Transport guidance.
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Councils will have more scope to cut speeds on rural roads with a history of accidents and introduce variable speed limits outside schools.