Labour MPs Ed Miliband and Rosie Winterton have signed up for a campaign to cut the speed limits outside Doncaster’s primary schools to 20mph.
They have written to all of the schools in their constituencies seeking views on reducing speed limits near their premises in support of the campaign, started by fellow MP Caroline Flint.
But Mayor Peter Davies has accused them of setting up the campaign as a political ploy ahead of the mayoral election.
Doncaster North MP Mr Miliband said: “I’m delighted to back the campaign for lower speed limits near schools.
“It’s proven that 20mph zones help reduce the number of accidents. The parents and headteachers I’ve contacted in my constituency are also very supportive of the campaign. They agree it makes no sense to wait until a serious accident occurs – action should be taken now to reduce speed limits.”
Ms Winterton said: “The mood across the country about speed limits is changing. There are more than 2,000 20mph zones and to ask for lower speed limits near schools is sensible. I believe parents see this as a positive step.”
Ms Flint this week spoke to pupils and teachers at Bawtry Mayflower Primary School about the campaign.
Mr Davies said he was not bringing in the 20mph limit as experts said there was not a speeding problem outside schools. He said: “The whole campaign blew up months before the mayoral election. Ms Flint has been an MP for 17 years and we never heard anything about this before.
“We all care about road safety, but it was her government which left us without money to do as many schemes as we’d like. You can’t do more than about 8mph outside schools at home-time anyway.”