Ministers accused of ‘retreating’ on speed limit reductions

May 14, 2009 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

by ePolitix reports on Thursday’s transport questions, in which ministers are accused of ‘retreating’ on speed limit reductions.

The shadow transport secretary today accused the government of a “major retreat” over its decision to reduce speed limits.

Theresa Villiers told the Commons that a petition on the Number 10 website calling for the prime minister not to reduce the national speed limit to 50mph was in the top three public petitions.

Such an action would “hit all motorists rather than tackling high-risk, problem drivers”, she said.

But transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick replied that the government’s consultation on speed limits was not “a blanket ban”.

“There is no retreat,” he told MPs at transport questions. “We are producing guidance for local authorities, not a ban.”

The government is conducting an assessment, he explained, and it is then up to local authorities to make a decision on the roads.

At present 62 per cent of people are dying on roads which carry only 40 per cent of traffic, he said.

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