Government transport chiefs say they are making it easier for local councils to introduce 20mph speed limits to help cut deaths caused by road accidents.
The Department for Transport aims to reduce the number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists killed or seriously injured by 40 per cent by 2020.
The Express has launched a petition to introduce a 20mph zone on Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall, where an 11-year-old girl was seriously hurt after being hit by a car as she walked to school and an 85-year-old man died after being hit by a skip lorry.
A Department for Transport (DfT) spokesman said: “Research shows 20mph zones can save lives and this government has made it easier for councils to introduce them.
“It is for local authorities to set speed limits and for the police to decide how best to enforce them.”
More than 700 people have signed our petition calling on Wakefield Council to introduce a 20mph speed limit on Minsthorpe Lane.
The council is trialling 20mph zones in five areas near schools.
Pilot schemes will take place near Havercroft J&I School, South Kirkby’s Stockingate Mill and Common Road J&I Schools, The Vale Primary Academy in Ferrybridge, Ossett Academy and St Ignatius RC School in Ossett and Gawthorpe Academy.
Neil Rodgers, the council’s service director for planning transportation and highways said: “After we have reviewed the impact we will then be able to see if this will benefit any other locations, including outside Minsthorpe Community College.”
Rod King, founder of road safety charity 20’s Plenty for Us, said: “The government needs to stop dithering and imposing unnecessary costs on local authorities.
“It’s time for total 20 by 2020.”
To sign the petition visit www.change.org/p/wakefield-council-make-minsthorpe-lane-in-south-elmsall-safe-by-introducing-a-20mph-zone-on-the-road