Calls by parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport Norman Baker to reduce all urban speed limits to 20mph on safety grounds have been dismissed by his own department.
Baker was quoted in the national press saying that ownership of urban roads should be 'shared by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians'. He cited studies and test schemes which had seen significant reductions in pedestrians and cyclist casualties who are hit at 20mph are less likely to be killed than at 30mph.
However a spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said there were no plans to change the 30 mph default speed limit.
"To do so would have huge resource implications and place additional burdens on local authorities who are already free to implement 20mph limits where they decide it is appropriate," she added.
Can I just add a message of my own to Norman "Twat" Baker here?
Norm: go fucking fuck yourself, and then fuck the fucking fuck off. You fucking fuck.