20mph speed restrictions could become more commonplace on local roads after District Councillors supported proposals to facilitate the introduction of lower speed limits on residential roads and in villages.
The move follows Oxfordshire County Council’s recent endorsement of the “Twenty is Plenty” campaign in its role as the local highways authority.
District Councillors unanimously backed a motion tabled by Bicester South and Ambrosden Councillor Dan Sames which asked the District Council to support the County Council in securing 20mph speed limits on new developments and advise Parish Councils on how 20mph limits can be facilitated where there is local demand.
Councillor Sames said: “The relationship between vehicle speed, accident risk and accident outcome severity is well established. If we can encourage motorists to slow down, we can reduce the risk of accidents both on residential roads and in our villages. Communities would also benefit from a reduction in vehicle emissions and noise if 20mph zones were introduced and there is evidence that, even without formal enforcement, lower speeds are achieved.
We know that speeding is a concern for many residents. It is important that we create safer environments for all road users, particularly around areas like schools, community hubs, and care facilities, so I am pleased that local Conservatives, at all levels, are championing this issue."