Who should set UK speed limits?

Sunday, 03 July 2011

There have been calls for the government to transfer speed limit setting powers from local authorities to the police.

This is according to the Association of British Drivers (ABD), which believes that car insurance customers' safety could be at risk with incorrect speed limits on a number of roads across the country.

Furthermore, the ABD added that in many cases there has been advice given by police experts to local authorities and government which has been ignored.

Brian Gregory, chairman of the ABD, said: "Speed limits are a vital road safety tool. Setting them incorrectly, ignoring expert advice and established scientific principles is a dangerous game. Any objections to limits these days, even by police traffic officers are simply overruled in a rubber stamping exercise."

Recently, the Department for Transport told car insurance owners that local authorities and police forces across the country will release all the information about road accidents and casualties at speed camera sites to the public for the first time.

Posted by Rick Malone

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