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Speeding

What is the law on speeding?

You are not allowed to drive faster than the speed limit for the road you are on and the type of vehicle you are driving. Find out more information on speed limits.

The speed limit is the maximum speed legally allowed, you may have to drive more slowly for some road and weather conditions.

The Central Ticket Office deals with the processing of all speeding offences.

Should you need to contact our central ticket office, you can email them, or call 101 and when prompted, input extension 805 6633. Please note, this is a voicemail only service, so please leave your contact details and they will get back to you.

Registered keepers of vehicles recorded speeding by cameras will be sent a notice of intended prosecution and asked to identify the driver within 14 days. Failing to respond is an offence.

What are the penalties for speeding?

Laws introduced in April 2017 have seen tougher penalties introduced for speeding.

I am concerned about people speeding in a road near me, what can I do about this?

In partnership with local councils, we run the Community Speedwatch programme. It is a local initiative where members of the community join together to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.

If a vehicle is exceeding the speed limit, it is referred to the partnership to provide education to drivers.

To find out more or to start a Community Speedwatch programme, please contact your local neighbourhood team.

I want to reduce the speed limit on a road near me, how can I do that?

It is the responsibility of your local council to set speed limits in their area. If you would like to speak to your local council about changing a speed limit on a road near you, find their details.

Why should I not drive faster than the speed limit?

Speed is considered the most important contributory factor to death and serious injury on our roads. Excess speed the cause of as many as one third of all crashes resulting in death.

The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a person is hit at 40mph compared to at 30mph. Find out more information.

Useful Links
  • The Central Motorway Policing Group are dedicated roads policing officers who try to disrupt criminality and make our region’s roads safer. You can keep up to date with their work by liking their Facebook page, or by following them on Twitter.
  • Find out the laws on speeding, including learning how fast you can drive in certain vehicles.
  • Find out more about the potential penalties you could receive for speeding.
  • THINK! is a campaign from the Department of Transport providing road safety information to drivers and riders in the UK. For more information on why speeding is so dangerous, visit their website.