The majority of concerns received by the Road Safety Community Hub are regarding the speed that drivers use a particular road. These drivers are likely to be members of your community.
The Hub is here to work with parishes and other organisations to find their own solutions to reduce the speed of vehicles on local roads. Suggestions how this can be achieved are contained in the Community Approaches to Road Safety (CARS) Toolkit, please follow this link for further details:
Community Speed Watch is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Information and contact details can be found here:
Requesting a new speed limit:
Speed limits should be evidence-led and self-explanatory and seek to reinforce people’s assessment of what is a safe speed to travel. They should encourage self-compliance. Speed limits should be seen by drivers as the maximum rather than the target speed.
Requests for a change in speed limit is a matter for Highways to investigate. Speed limits are set in accordance with the Department of Transport document Setting Local Speed Limits. This ensures that speed limits are set in a consistent way that drivers understand and which promotes road safety. A summary of this document can be found by following this link.
All speed limits require a legal order called a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to make them enforceable. The process of creating a TRO is very lengthy and expensive. TRO’s are also open to objection which can significantly extend the time it takes to process the order and can lead to a public inquiry if the objections are substantial. Please obtain the support of your Parish or Town Council and others living in your community so a single representation can be made to Highways for consideration. GCCHIGHWAYS@AMEY.CO.UK
Not every road is suitable for traffic calming. Any requests for changes to the road layout to reduce vehicle speeds are for Highways to investigate whether these measures are appropriate. Current traffic speeds and the number of personal injury collisions are taken into account as well as the proximity of properties to the road, impact on air quality and levels of street lighting. As these measures are costly to install the support of the community is vital.
Police enforcement of a speed limit should only be considered once all other options have been explored. Contained in the CARS Toolkit are suggestions how communities can collect evidence of speeding vehicles in order to establish the extent of the problem and decide if enforcement is appropriate. Requests for enforcement should be made to your local policing team by your Local, Town or Parish Councillor who will already have established links with the local policing team.