Matt1962 wrote:I seem to be a bit out of step with everyone on this, but I have changed my views in recent years and now don't have a great problem with 20's and 30's. To me 30 makes sense for safety reasons on a 'main' road in a built up area, whereas 20 is giving a sign that the car is there on sufferance and needs to fit in with (and defer to if necessary) pedestrians, cyclists etc. Ignoring either limit is not only potentially dangerous but, often more to the point, is anti-social. People in a 20 zone should not have to worry too much about their children straying into the road etc.
However I get much more animated about 40's and 50's - I don't think they serve any useful purpose and should all be replaced with NSL (or 30's where appropriate). The Motorway/DC speed limit should also be raised to 80.
I feel the same way and have little or no objection to these limits, the 20mph ones. I feel strongly, and always have, that in town we set our priorities wrong. The weakest link, the pedestrian, should have the priority and the system should be set up to achieve this. It certainly can be done as most of our neighbouring countries did so decades ago; which is where I drive for the greatest percentage of my time.
As to extended thirty limits then I tend to feel for the residents who want a more peaceful life (I do think though that is is very largely the residents who tend to ignore these limits).