'No change' needed to Jersey speed limits

A panel of Jersey politicians said there was no evidence a change in the island's speed limits was needed.

Transport minister, Constable Mike Jackson, wants to see the speed limits simplified in the island.

If changes go ahead, the limit on nearly 200 miles of roads will go down to 30mph from the current 40mph.

The changes have been strongly criticised by the scrutiny review panel, which wants the proposals withdrawn.

A working group - made up of two constables, a retired policeman and the assistant transport minister - has looked at ways to make the speed limits simpler.

The group asked people for their views and 556 people responded.

There are currently four speed limits in the island: 40mph, 30mph, 20mph, 15mph.

Under Constable Jackson's proposals, that could change by reducing the speed limit for vehicles carrying more than 3.5 tonnes.

Other measures include a 30mph limit in built-up areas and 20mph near schools and on housing estates.

But the scrutiny panel looking at the plans wants proposals based on evidence and consultation brought forward instead.

The States is due to debate the issues later.

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