The Financial Times (p4) reports that local authorities will be encouraged to create 20 mph zones, particularly around schools. Councils coming forward with such proposals are likely to receive more government money for local transport plans.
Britain's road safety record is second only to Sweden in Europe, but the country is near the bottom of the European league table for child pedestrian deaths.
Lord Macdonald, transport minister, will today launch a campaign to change public attitudes to speeding.
'My concern is not the thrust of the policy, which is clearly right and sensible', he said, but putting up 20 mph speed limit signs would not be effective, 'unless you have the resources available, unless you have enforcement taking place'.
'It's all very well the government abdicating its responsibility by telling councils to put up these signs and do this, unless they make the resources available to councils', he said.
The£750m which the government says is available for transport
measures next year will not be enough to meet the needs of this new
legislation, Mr Storey said.