Councils to get greater speed limit powers

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.

The new guidance was put out for consultation yesterday
The new guidance was put out for consultation yesterday Credit: Press Association

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Plans to cut UK speed limits

Government proposals could see speed limits on many rural roads in England cut from 60mph to 40mph. Councils could also be given greater freedom to introduce 20mph schemes.