Motor Vehicles: Speed Limits

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 20 July 2021.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Vehicle speed compliance statistics for Great Britain: 2020, published on 13 July, which found that 56 per cent of car drivers and 58 per cent of van drivers broke the 30mph speed limit, what steps they intend to take to reduce levels of speeding.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government believes that any form of dangerous or inconsiderate driving behaviour is a serious road safety issue. All available research shows a link between excessive speed and the risk of collisions.

We expect all drivers to observe the speed limit, and enforcement is a matter for the police. Policing of our roads, and how available resources are deployed, is the responsibility of individual chief officers, taking into account the specific local issues.

Last July, the Department for Transport launched a Call for Evidence, as part of a wider Roads Policing Review, a thorough examination of roads policing in England and Wales and its relevance to road safety. Responses to the Call for Evidence have been analysed and the Government response is currently being prepared for publication. The response will address the key points raised by respondents, including feedback on speed enforcement.

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