MORE 20mph zones could be set to be introduced on roads across Wakefield district.
Watchdogs on Wakefield Council’s communities and safety overview and scrutiny committee have ruled that the zones do bring road safety benefits.
A report recommending the introduction of more 20mph zones will now be presented to a meeting of Wakefield Council’s cabinet committee next month.
Coun Albert Manifield, chairman of the communities and safety overview and scrutiny committee, said: “The committee discussed a presentation regarding 20mph zones and the possible introduction of additional zones in the district.”
Coun Manifield added: “It was found to bring road safety benefits to Wakefield and this will now be going forward to Cabinet later in the year for consideration.”
The department for transport encourages councils to consider introducing more zones, where there is a risk to vulnerable road users.
A zone can span up to 25km of road, and they are more effective than speed limits according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), as they include speed humps and chicanes, rather than just speed restriction signs.
A report prepared for Wednesday’s meeting of the communities and safety overview and scrutiny committee said they reduce accidents and encourage more walking or cycling because people feel safer.
It added: “In view of the council’s limited resources, new sites need to be prioritised to ensure maximum benefit.
“Consideration should be given to areas that have regularly experienced problems and areas of social deprivation.”
The report said Wakefield had a low number of 20mph zones and limits, compared to the rest of West Yorkshire.
It also said the areas outside schools were regarded as the safest road areas because they have the lowest incidence of child accidents.
Critics say they reduce on-street parking and increase emergency response times.
In August, the YEP reported that 20mph zones are to be introduced in Morley after campaigning by town and city councillor Neil Dawson and Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls.
Leeds City Council has authorised the design and implementation of two schemes in the town which should be in place later this year.
Hundreds of local residents signed petitions in support of the campaign for the zones around Newlands Primary and Seven Hills Primary Schools.
And a 20mph zone is set to be introduced on the roads surrounding Woodlesford Primary School.
The new zone will affect Pottery Lane, Oulton Lane and Midland Street in the village.