Thank you for contacting me about speed limits and the Coronavirus outbreak.
I believe that local traffic authorities, rather than the central Government, are best placed to set local speed limits given their knowledge of local needs and priorities. Local authorities already have the power to implement 20mph speed limits if they so choose.
The Government currently has no plans to introduce a 20mph default speed limit on urban and restricted roads in England. There is still not sufficient evidence to conclude that there has been a significant change in collisions and casualties following the introduction of 20 mph limits in residential areas.
Speeding is an offence, and those caught speeding can still receive a fixed penalty notice, penalty points on their driving licence or a notice of intended prosecution.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.