Rural parents call for 20mph speed limits outside schools

Rural parents in Scotland are asking their MSPs to back a campaign for speed limits outside schools to be reduced to 20mph. One parent wrote to her MSP who sits on the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee and suggested other parents may want to do the same. She wrote:

“I understand that a members bill that would change default speed limits in Scotland from 30mph to 20mph is currently under consideration by the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, of which you are a member.

Like many small, rural schools, the school my children attend, Borgue Primary, is on a main road, with narrow pavements, parked cars and a 30mph speed limit. The PTC, of which I am vice-chair, has been working with the community council to ask for a 20mph limit and signage to be introduced in the centre of the village by the school. The Council have indicated that, especially with current budget restrictions, this is unlikely to happen unless a child is injured. We’d rather not wait for that to happen.

For forgotten small communities like ours, a default 20mph speed limit would make a significant difference to the safety of the roads, especially as the dispersed rural population has little choice but to drive to and from the school.

I should be grateful if you and your fellow MSPs would support the bill or, if you cannot support it in its entirety, ensure that small rural villages like our own do not miss out on the safe speed limits enjoyed by children in urban settings who can expect a default 20mph limit outside their schools at the start and end of the day.”

More on the Committees approach to considering the proposed 20mph speed limit is here:

Emma Cooper


Emma joined SRA in 2014 and was our Chief Executive until February 2019. She is going to be touring in a mega motorhome so might be out of touch with us for a while.

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