The Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) has labelled ACPO’s new speed limit enforcement guidelines as “commendable”, but has expressed doubts about how they will be interpreted and implemented by local police forces.
ACPO has revised its speed enforcement policy guidelines primarily to reflect a tougher approach to enforcing 20mph limits.
The ABD highlights a number of extracts from the ACPO guidelines, including: “Where limits are not clear (that is they don’t feel/look like the limit or are on inappropriate roads) they will not be routinely enforced.
“Unclear or even confusing limits (all limits, not just 20s) will undoubtedly lead to mistaken offending and any aggressive enforcement risks a loss of public support for the action and more importantly the police service.
“The desired outcome has to be speeds at the limit chosen so as to achieve safe roads for other and vulnerable users, not high speeds and high enforcement.”
Nigel Humphries, ABD spokesman, said: “In general the attitude of ACPO is commendable.
“The gist of these guidelines is that limits should suit the road and that police should use their discretion to enforce only where the limit is obvious to drivers and would be what they would expect from what they can see through the windscreen. Limits should not be set well below what drivers would expect to see and then be enforced to achieve high rates of offender punishment.
“Unfortunately many local authorities and police chiefs appear not to understand this simple concept, believing that just sticking up a sign and prosecuting thousands of safe drivers somehow improves safety.”
The ABD goes on to say that it is “disappointed to see ACPO … supporting setting of speed limits at the average speed of traffic”, suggesting that this will lead to the “excessive prosecution of safe drivers”.
The ABD goes on to call for the reintroduction of “setting of limits at the 85th percentile”.
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