Lower speed limit trials on roads in five locations across Perth and Kinross have started.
Approval for the 20mph speed limit trial was given last year and is being trialled on roads in Aberfeldy, Dalginross, Errol, Kinnesswood and Rattray.
Various measures to asses what affects motorists’ compliance with the lower limit have been put into place.
These include the erection of 20mph signs, existing Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) being altered and traffic counts being undertaken.
Environment and infrastructure convener, Councillor Angus Forbes said: “Each of the trial sites has a particular characteristic that may impact on how effective a 20mph speed limit can be.
“They include a village, school site, town, and a village with an A class road.
“Comparing these characteristics will allow us to determine the suitability of future 20mph speed limits in an effective and clear way.”
The trial period will run for nine months, with different measures such as speed cushions and periods of Police Scotland enforcement being in force during each phase of the period.
During each phase, traffic counts will be undertaken for a two-week period to provide data on traffic volumes and vehicle speeds.
This data will allow for an assessment of how each measure affected travel patterns.
Scottish Conservative councillor for the Highland ward, John Duff spoke of his hopes for the trial.
He said: “I am pleased to see that the long-awaited 20mph trial has now started within Aberfeldy.
“As a former police officer, road safety has been high up my agenda and I know that there are a great many residents who are delighted that the council has taken steps to slow traffic down within the town.
“I hope that all drivers will take on board the message while in town and voluntarily reduce their speeds accordingly.”
Following the trial, the results will be analysed and a report will be submitted to the environment and infrastructure committee on the findings.
This aims to help inform the council’s speed limit strategy in the future.