General Assembly of United Nations say 20’s Plenty

For the second Decade of Action for Road Safety the United Nations has endorsed the setting of 30km/h (20mph) maximum speed limits wherever pedestrians, cyclists or other vulnerable road users mix with motor vehicles. Continue reading

Welsh Government National 20mph Guide – A Global First

In 2019 the Welsh Government said that 20mph should be the default speed limit for residential areas. The Task Force Group it set up to “identify the practical actions needed to implement this change” has now reported. The Senedd will debate “Introducing 20mph Speed Limits in Wales” in its session on 15th July 2020. Continue reading

Doctors Demand 20mph as Emergency National Urban Limit

Embargoed till Thursday 9th April Today, April 9th, sees the launch of a national campaign supported by leading doctors to call upon the UK Government to demand 20mph as an Emergency National Urban Limit. We all want to help the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis. The doctors that we are relying on have called on the UK Government to change the national speed limit to 20mph from 30mph. They are clear that setting a 20mph speed limit will reduce pressure on the NHS now and for the future. 20’s Plenty for Us, the national campaign for 20mph limits with 460 local community campaigns, is supporting our doctors’ calls for the UK Government to act now. Continue reading

We Support Emergency 20mph Limit to ‘Lower the Baseline’ NHS Load

See our microsite dedicated to to supporting the call by doctors to lower the urban speed limit from 30mph to 20mph at  It includes Voxpops, FAQs, Supporters, etc The Covid-19 crisis is severely straining our medical services and economy. As well as increasing medical capacity, doctors are calling to “lower the baseline” of NHS demand for preventable reasons like road crashes by rapid introduction of public health policies.  Medical experts want emergency measures to reduce speed limits.  20’s Plenty for Us support their urgent requests for 20mph limits in built up areas to help the NHS and economy by saving hospital beds and resources[1]. [1] Continue reading

20mph and 30km/h limits mandated by Global Ministers

Global Road Safety Experts and Ministers from 130 countries adopted the “Stockholm Declaration” at a road safety conference on 20th February. It requires 30km/h (20mph) limits where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix - for safety, air quality and climate action. Continue reading

20mph/30kmh limits to be mandated by Global Ministers

Ministers from around the world meet to adopt the “Stockholm Declaration” at a conference[1] in February which includes commitment to 30kmh (20mph) speed limits where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix. [1] Continue reading

20’s Plenty for Chester and Richmond Groups Win 20mph Campaign Awards

20’s Plenty for Chester and Richmond groups have both won National 20’s Plenty Campaign Awards for 2019. Each did exceptional voluntary work with perseverance and success. Continue reading

Attend A Future-Focused 20mph Conference: 31 October 2019 Waltham Forest - 20’s Plenty for the 2020’s

20mph limits are spreading. 21M people in the UK live where wide area 20mph is agreed.  Experts will gather on 31st October in Waltham Forest Town Hall, London to consider the future of built up area mobility and how 20mph limits affect accessibility, risk and sustainability. Come and learn about, and contribute to, positive change. Continue reading

Leading Charities’ Call for 20mph Default Speed Limit

A group of ten leading transport and active travel charities call on the UK Government to introduce a default 20mph speed limit in England. 20mph limits are the foundation for lower road casualties, getting more people walking and cycling and improving social justice but once again are being largely overlooked by the Department for Transport. Continue reading

Lacking National Vision: Scottish Parliament 20mph Vote

Mark Ruskell’s ground-breaking private members bill to set a 20mph limit for most residential roads today gained support from Scottish Greens and Labour but was vetoed by SNP, Scottish Tories and LibDem SMPs. Responding to this regressive vote, campaigners are renewing urgent calls to set 20mph limits as the standard in Scottish communities! Continue reading

TfL Consulting on 20mph Limits for Central London

Transport for London’s (TfL) current consultation on 20mph limits[1] heralds a concerted bid to reduce speeds across the capital. It includes a range of measures to increase driver compliance. Support the consultation by 10 July.   [1] Continue reading

20’s Plenty for Us response to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee (RECC) stage 1 report on the Restricted Roads (20 mph speed limit) (Scotland) Bill

20’s Plenty are dismayed with the RECC report[1]. The views are illogical, innumerate and deeply flawed. They show a shocking disregard for protecting the lives of vulnerable road users and promoting active travel.     [1] Continue reading

Bristol’s 20mph Limits: Massive Success Confirmed by Review

Bristol’s review on the future of its 20mph limits shows huge public approval and cost savings, confirming its massive success.  20mph works.   Continue reading

First Minister of Wales makes historic announcement of plans to implement default 20mph limits for residential areas in Wales

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, today made a historic announcement that “The Welsh government believes that 20mph zones should be the default speed limit for residential areas. The Deputy Transport Minister, together with the Welsh Local Government Association, is taking forward work to identify the practical actions needed to implement 20mph speed limits in residential areas across Wales”[1]. [1] Continue reading

20's Plenty Submission to Parliamentary Transport Committee

The UK's Parliamentary Transport Committee has launched an inquiry into road safety. The scope of the inquiry is :- "The Transport Committee is concerned that progress increasing levels of road safety has levelled off and is launching an inquiry to scrutinise the Government’s approach to road safety, last set out in its 2015 road safety statement. The inquiry will investigate which changes would be most effective at reducing the number and severity of road traffic accidents." We submitted evidence to the committee on how a default 20mph urban and village speed limit would have a considerable positive effect on road safety. Our submission follows.  Continue reading

Scotland’s aspiration for more liveable communities via 20mph limits is ideally timed to benefit from new speed limited vehicles

Recent changes to vehicle specifications applicable from 2022 have ramped up expected returns and effectiveness from the Safer Streets 20mph Scotland Bill being considered by MSPs. Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have already heard that a national limit is extremely cost-effective. At £10m for 2 years – (only 0.75% of Government transport funds), it pays back in year one. New speed limiting laws make it even more cost beneficial. Continue reading

Speed Limiters Mandatory for New Cars: 20mph Self Enforced

In-car speed limiters stop drivers speeding. Whilst some vehicles have them as an optional extra, the EU plans to make in-car fail safes compulsory on all new vehicles from 2022[1]. Crashes will fall. Though they can be overridden, once widely used, limiters could largely replace education, engineering and enforcement further reducing societal costs. Wide-area 20mph and limiters revolutionise road safety.   [1] Continue reading

Scottish leaders should prioritise local streets

20mph Scotland Poll 72% Support. Policy costs 0.75% of transport budget for 2 years. Leaders should prioritise local streets. Public opinion is for 20mph - 72% and rising. Scotland’s elected leader– Nicola Sturgeon should back a national change to 20mph. The cost is £10m for 2 years – only 0.75% of the total transport budget. Reducing road danger is like seatbelt and smoking ban laws. On 20mph we need leaders who will lead and make national changes! Continue reading

How the DfT report enables Local Authorities to implement Wide Area 20mph Limits

Jesse Norman MP, the Minister for Transport has written to Councils saying the “WS Atkins report confirms public support for 20mph”.  Many Local Authorities are now reviewing 20mph policies and re-interpreting DfT guidance. Continue reading

DfT 20mph Evaluation – Liveable streets road block or foundation for a national 20mph limit

Back in 2014 the question for the government and DfT was whether 20mph limits were popular, are they the correct limit and should there be more of them. But the more we look at how the whole 20mph movement has developed we see that these questions have already been answered for us. Continue reading

DfT 20mph Evaluation - Reviewed by 20's Plenty

20’s Plenty for Us welcomes the publication of the long-awaited DfT Evaluation of 20mph limits. It confirms the public support and acceptance of 20mph limits but has failed to meet the original DfT objectives or provide increased evidence on how to make our streets safer. Continue reading

Government publishes 20mph evaluation report

Today the government published its long awaited report evaluating 20mph limit implementations. We welcome the report. It has been a long time coming since 2014 when it was commissioned. And in that time there have been nearly half a million casualties on streets with a 30mph limit. The report only evaluated a small number of case studies which in themselves only covered part of an authority. There are some useful indicators in the report, particularly around the negative aspects of police failing to routinely enforce 20mph limits and the need for national engagement and awareness on the benefits of reducing speeds below 30mph in residential and other roads. However, we have major reservations about the primary data used in the report around speed reductions and the complete failure of the study to look at sufficient casualty figures to be able to draw any conclusions that would be statistically credible. These were key reasons for the commissioning of the report and we are amazed at the choice of data measured which appears to be based on measuring what is available rather than what is meaningful.  Continue reading

Call for 20mph Limits This Halloween As Fast Drivers are Scary!

20’s Plenty for Us calls for 20mph default speed limits for built up areas. It’s Halloween and children and parents say fast traffic is what scares them!  Road death is the number one killer of our children so reduce the danger with slower speeds. Continue reading

Kent Campaigner Adrian Berendt Wins National 20mph Award

Adrian Berendt from Tunbridge Wells has won the National 20’s Plenty Campaigner of the Year Award for his outstanding voluntary work and commitment to bringing 20mph limits to Kent. Continue reading

Wales Conference Voxpops

Here are the 60 second videos we recorded at our 20's Plenty for Wales Conference from presenters and delegates. Note that this page may take a while to load. Continue reading

20’s Plenty for Wales – 20mph Conference Report: #20Wales

A sell out conference of 100 delegates met in Cardiff to share best practice on how to make streets healthier in Wales by reducing road risk at source through 20mph limits with a focus on 20mph as a national urban default. Click on each presenter to open their presentation or 60 second voxpop Continue reading

20mph for Wales as a National Speed Limit

People want 20mph streets.  Fortunately, 20mph limits are affordable and do-able. What’s the best method? The Welsh Government can lead with a 20mph default for built up areas.  This is a cost-effective win-win all round – eg for the legal process, consultation, signage, engagement, higher compliance and enforcement. Continue reading

Institute of Welsh Affairs calls for national 20mph urban default

The Institute of Welsh Affairs in its recent report on “Decarbonising Transport in Wales”[1] has called for a default 20mph urban limit as a key recommendation to enable Wales to meet its projected energy demands entirely by 2035.   [1] Continue reading

400th 20's Plenty Local Campaign Group forms in Strathblane

20’s Plenty for Us is now 400 campaign branches strong and UK-wide. Strathblane, Stirlingshire is the latest place where volunteers are being supported by the national 20mph campaign group lobbying for safer, better streets. Continue reading

20’s Plenty for Wales as annual conference comes to Cardiff

The 9th annual 20’s Plenty conference is to be held in Cardiff on October 2nd 2018 with a Welsh perspective on 20mph limits. Hosted by Cardiff City Council and 20’s Plenty for Us it focuses on how 20mph limits support health and well-being. Continue reading

Focus on 20mph as TfL launches its Vision Zero action plan for London

A much wider use of 20mph limits and a raft of measures to increase compliance are at the heart of a bold plan from Transport for London to reduce serious and fatal casualties in London to zero by 2041. The vital role that lower vehicle speeds can play is underscored as TfL calls on the UK government to amend the standard urban speed limit to 20mph. Continue reading

Local Authorities could enforce 20mph limits

By collaborating with their police force, local authorities could institute public prosecutions for non-compliance with 20mph limits to transform community streets. Continue reading

Calderdale’s Transport and Public Health Initiative for 20mph Streets Saw 30% Fewer Casualties

51 fewer people suffered road trauma after Calderdale’s highly successful wide area 20mph limit project was implemented. A popular and well-coordinated wide area 20mph limit implementation will have prevented 30-40% of casualties over three years.  20’s Plenty congratulate this triumph of safer community streets. Continue reading

Leeds Agrees and Fast Tracks its 20mph Roll-Out

Leeds City Council have agreed that 20’s Plenty with signed 20mph. Campaigners are celebrating this win to civilise home streets. 20’s Plenty for Leeds call for driver engagement for behavior change. Also for city centre 20mph limits near shops. Continue reading

OECD calls for 20mph limits in built-up areas

The International Transport Forum group of the OECD has just published its report on “Speed and Crash Risk” and has called for 30km/h (20mph) speed limits in built up areas where there is a mix of vulnerable road users and motor vehicles. Continue reading

Bristol’s 20mph limits have led to valuable reductions in speed and casualties, and benefit active travel

The University of the West of England (UWE) has analysed the impact of 20mph roll-outs for Bristol City Council. It finds reductions of 2.7mph in average traffic speeds and an estimated cost saving of over £15m per year from fatal, serious and slight injuries avoided. Continue reading

Global 'Light of Hope' Award for 20's Plenty founder from Irish Road Victims Assocaition

Rod King MBE, Founder of 20’s Plenty for Us has been recognized by the Irish Road Victims Association (IRVA)[1]. He won the IRVA’s Global ‘Light of Hope’ Award 2017 in Mullingar, Ireland on 19th November, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Rod King has voluntarily campaigned for 20mph/30km/h road speed limits since 2005. Picture: via IRVA - Donna Price, Founder and Chairperson, presenting award. [1] Continue reading

UK needs a new "national" speed limit

Far from having a “national” urban speed limit of 30mph, this has been rejected by local authorities for a quarter of the UK population.  All but two Inner London Boroughs and over half of the UK’s largest urban authorities now have a 20mph limit for most roads. Rather than just “recommending” 20mph limits the government should set a national 20mph limit and permit local authorities to justify any higher limits.  Continue reading

20mph Win in Sheffield

Sheffield city centre limits are to go 20mph. 20’s Plenty for Sheffield are celebrating another win. 30mph has been rejected in favour of 20mph as best practice. Campaigners are calling for a full driver engagement plan for behaviour change for safer streets.  Continue reading

NICE Recommends 20mph limits Without Traffic Calming to Improve Air Quality

NICE recommends urban speed reduction for better air quality. NICE guidance says 20mph limits without physical measures in urban areas help “avoid unnecessary acceleration and deceleration”. Continue reading

IAM are not so RoadSmart in their interpretation of the latest DFT report on speed limit compliance on 20mph roads

The annual report on speed limit compliance from the DfT has been seized upon by IAM RoadSmart as evidence of the public being “confused” about 20mph limits. In fact the roads in the report are atypical of most 20mph roads and even then show increasing compliance on these roads. Continue reading

WHO adds its voice to evidence that 20mph limits are required for authorities to meet “duty of care” responsibilities

The World Health Organization’s call for 30km/h (20mph) limits as best practice where motorised traffic mixes with pedestrians and cyclists confirms the evidence that a 30mph limit permits speeds which are not consistent with the Common Law duty of councils to protect people when creating, designing or maintaining highways. Continue reading

Scottish 20mph Default Limit Could Save £56M pa

£56M pa is the estimated value of preventing casualties on Scottish 30mph urban roads by lowering the limit to 20mph. 20’s Plenty for Us calculate that a 20mph default limit on Scottish roads would prevent 7 deaths, 123 serious and 812 slight casualties pa.  Continue reading

Public Health Research Shows a 20mph Default Speed Limit Could Save £58-£94M in Wales

“Road traffic injuries, air pollution and obesity are an inter-related, interdependent triad. The challenge facing public health is identifying robust interventions with positive effects on all three”[1].  Public Health Wales researchers have quantified the benefits of default 20 mph limits and say it is “the solution”1 to increasing public health problems. [1] Reproduced from The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, Twenty miles per hour speed limits: a sustainable solution to public health problems in Wales, Sarah J Jones, Huw Brunt, Mar 23, 2017, with permission from BMJ Publishing Group Ltd Continue reading

Norwich and West Dunbartonshire Councils vote for Default 20mph

Norwich and West Dunbartonshire Councils have voted for a 20mph default speed limit. 20’s Plenty for Us is delighted to add them to the growing list of 50+ places adopting 20mph. 20mph protects everyone from avoidable harm by reducing road risk and increasing air quality and exercise levels. 17m people live in places committed to 20mph. Continue reading

Manchester Found Casualties Falling in its 20mph Areas

Manchester reported on their first 20mph limits. It resolved to complete Phase 2 of the 20 mph programme, continue supporting phases 1 and 2 of the 20mph scheme and monitor and review data to increase its understanding. It incorrectly compared % falls for small number samples in already safer than average areas versus citywide.   Continue reading

World Health Organization Choose 20’s Plenty for Us to Work on a Slow Down Day Toolkit

The World Health Organization (WHO) have chosen 20’s Plenty for Us to write an action toolkit for the United Nations’ (UN) call for slower road speeds. Slow Down Days will run in mid May globally. This is a world class recognition of 20’s Plenty’s expertise in helping community volunteers with speed management activism. Continue reading

Call to Action: Join the Worldwide Community Push for Slower Speeds

The World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging people to take local action for the United Nations’ (UN) call for slower road speeds. Slow Down Days will run in mid May. These are street events by community volunteers wanting speed management.  Please run your own local event and work together to gain leverage globally!     Continue reading

Robert Molteno and Susie Morrow are recognised for 20mph limit campaigning in Wandsworth

Robert Molteno and Susie Morrow of 20’s Plenty for Wandsworth and Wandsworth Living Streets have won the 20’s Plenty for Us Campaigner of the Year Award.  We congratulate their skillful, consistent voluntary work to improve their streets. Continue reading

Healthy 20mph Conference in Birmingham Report

Healthy places was the theme of the 9th Annual 20mph Conference on 8th March in Birmingham. Making 20mph the normal speed limit goes beyond road safety to provide a better quality outdoor environment to built up areas.  Calmer traffic means less risk and pollution. Numerous wellness benefits follow as populations of whole towns begin to slightly change their exercise, mental and physical habits due to living in a happier, safer, cleaner and quieter community.    Continue reading