Road Traffic Offences: Speed Limits

Home Office written question – answered at on 13 September 2021.

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Photo of Kim Leadbeater Kim Leadbeater Labour, Batley and Spen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of speeding incidents conducted by drivers of high performance rental vehicles.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

Excess speed is still a major cause of death and serious injury on our roads. Anyone who breaks the speed limit should expect to face proper sanction. The enforcement of speeding offences, including those conducted by drivers of high-performance rental vehicles, is an operational matter for the discretion of Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners. Forces will deploy available resources according to local pressures and priorities.

The Government’s THINK! campaign plays a vital role in reducing deaths and serious injuries on the road through changing the attitudes and behaviours that can lead to casualties. To have the greatest impact, THINK! activity focuses on those at greatest risk – male drivers aged 17-24, who are four times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on the road compared with drivers aged 25 and over.

Alongside this, the Government’s Roads Policing Review is enabling the Home Office, the Department for Transport, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the National Police Chiefs’ Council to work together to increase capability and capacity to improve road safety.

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