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20mph urban speed limit bill introduced to Holyrood
A bill to make a 20mph speed limit the norm in urban areas in Scotland has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.
Green MSP Mark Ruskell is promoting the Restricted Roads (20mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill, through which he aims to "encourage a change in social and cultural attitudes towards road safety by restricting speeds in built-up areas". It seeks to promote change on a Scotland-wide basis, rather than leave it to local authorities to take action locally, as the Scottish Government has done to date.
Roads still subject to a 30mph limit would have to be specifically marked as such.
Mr Ruskell's published proposal for a bill attracted the support the support of 25 MSPs from four different parties, thus passing the threshold to enable him to introduce the bill as a member's bill. It also received majority support in a public consultation.
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