ACPO has revised its speed enforcement policy guidelines to reflect a tougher approach to enforcing 20mph limits.
The new guidance recommends that at speeds between 24-31mph a driver should be offered the option of attending a speed awareness course or a fixed penalty notice fine. At speeds of 35mph plus a summons will be issued.
Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, ACPO national policing lead on roads policing, said: “Speeding remains an issue of high concern, particularly in residential areas or near facilities for young or vulnerable people.
“That said, we hope that this updated guidance will go some way to ensure that enforcement is appropriate and proportional, and that roads are carefully designed to ensure that drivers habitually self-enforce when it comes to speed limits.
“The principal alteration to our guidance relates to areas under a 20 mile-per-hour limit.
“We are now introducing speed awareness courses as a key part of enforcement in these areas for those who breach the limit between 24 and 31mph. Often, these drivers are mistaken or require further education on the local limit and therefore we are very pleased that the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) are developing a speed awareness course tailored to these zones which will run from November 2013 until 2016.
“Enforcement will be considered in all clearly posted limits, but limits are only one element of speed management and local speed limits should not be set in isolation. They should be part of a package with other measures to manage speeds which include engineering, visible interventions and landscaping standards that respect the needs of all road users and raise the driver’s awareness of their environment, together with education, driver information, training and publicity.
Welcoming the revised guidelines, Rod King MBE, founder of 20’s Plenty for Us, said: “This is very timely as many of our cities are rejecting the 30mph limits for most roads in favour of a life enhancing 20mph limit that is becoming the norm rather than the exception.
“Whilst compliance comes from people understanding the benefits that come to communities when we all drive below 20, the police play an important role in endorsing that through enforcement.
“Good policing comes from responding to communities and elected representative wishes and the overwhelming number of those want the police to play an active role in making those communities safer, more liveable and secure.”
Click here to read the new ACPO guidelines.