New 20mph areas will be self-enforcing
The politician in charge of transport in Bath says he believes a raft of new 20mph limits in the city will be "self-enforcing".
Bath and North East Somerset Council has published plans to the lower limits on residential roads throughout the district over the next two years.
The plans were agreed by the council's cabinet last week amid assurances that people living in the affected the areas would have a chance to have their say about the individual schemes.
Twerton, Southdown and Peasedown St John are likely to be the first places to get the blanket 20mph limits on residential streets in the £500,000 project.
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Councillor Roger Symonds (Lib Dem, Combe Down), the council's cabinet member for transport, said the schemes would involve 1,000 new signs and road markings but that the limits would not be subject to formal police checks.
"They won't be enforceable by the police but if people find that people are constantly abusing the speed limits we can ask the police to go and enforce or get PCSOs down there, or a Community Speedwatch project," he said. "It is important that we talk to the police."
He acknowledged that it would be naive to expect everyone to obey the new limits, but he said such an approach had reduced average speeds in Portsmouth and Bristol.
"We believe that the limits will be self-enforcing for people who recognise the dangers of speed in residential areas."
The first year of the project is also expected to cover Newbridge, Weston, Oldfield Park and Lansdown.
The second year would take in the city centre, Batheaston, Bathampton and Bathford, Odd Down and Combe Down, Saltford, Widcombe and Bathwick, as well as other villages.
Conservative councillors said that consultation should take place in each electoral ward before the new limits were introduced to ensure they had the support of residents in the area.