As part of the Scottish Government's commitment to improving road safety and speed management, revised guidance on the setting of speed limits was published in 2006.  Local Authorities were required to review their speed limit policies, and existing speed limits on A and B roads, to reflect this new guidance and improve consistency in the setting of speed limits across the country.

Stirling Council recently completed its review of the existing speed limits on A and B roads and identified a number of amendments, which are required to bring the speed limits in-line with the new guidance.

The Council's Executive approved the recommendations of the review and adopted the new speed limit policy.

Various streets, generally in built up areas, are covered by speed limits.  The Traffic Regulation Orders necessary for the introduction of speed limits are made by the Council in consultation with the Police but they are enforced by the Police.

Speed limits are determined in accordance with national guidelines and are based on various factors including the level of development adjacent to the road, the accident record of the road and the current speed of vehicles on the road.

Speed limits show the maximum speed at which vehicles may travel but it is the responsibility of drivers to drive at a speed appropriate for the prevailing road circumstances and in many cases this will be lower than the legal limit.

Signed speed limits are normally set at 30mph, 40mph or 50mph depending on the type of road.

20mph Speed Limits

As a Safer Routes to School initiative, Stirling Council has now implemented 20mph zones at most schools within the Council area.

Twenty's Plenty zones have been implemented at schools which are situated in either remote rural locations or in residential areas.

Part-time mandatory limits operate in conjunction with the school day so that amber lights flash when children are most likely to be about.

Permanent 20mph limits have been implemented at schools that identified this as part of their School Travel Plan development.

There are a number of benefits to implementing 20mph limits and zones:

  • Increases safety levels and reduces the number of accidents
  • Improves the living environment for pedestrians, cyclists and residents
  • Encourages walking and cycling, benefitting the environment and peoples health

These benefits have led to the introduction of our Residential 20mph Programme. This programme will see 20mph limits/zones introduced across all areas of Stirling.

Enforcement of Speed Limits

Enforcement of speed limits on all roads is carried out by Police Scotland and any enquiries you may have relating to enforcement should be directed to them.

Last updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:57 PM