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20mph Edinburgh limit branded “farcical”

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A scheme to limit speeds in Edinburgh is being criticised after it emerged speed cameras could only catch drivers doing more than 30 miles per hour, despite the limit being cut to 20.

The Deadline News Agency reports that fixed cameras in Edinburgh are unable to record and catch motorists flouting the new speed regulation which was brought in at the start of August because the cameras involved are only approved by the Home Office to track speeds over 30 mph.

It adds that It has now been confirmed that not one of the three fixed speed cameras within the 20mph zones will have caught a speeding motorist as they are simply unable to.

However Edinburgh Council insist that mobile tracking systems will be placed in problem areas and that other traffic calming measures will be used in these locations.

The report says drivers have complained about cyclists overtaking them and an increase in pressure from following motorists eager to move faster.

Scottish Conservative transport spokesman in Edinburgh, Councillor Nick Cook, is quoted as calling it “another farcical element of the blanket roll-out of 20 mph zones.”

 
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