Government Stats Reveal Worrying Trend For Speeding

Tue 25th Jun 2019

The latest data for speed limits in the UK has revealed that more than half of car users are exceeding the speed limit in 30mph zones and almost half are speeding on motorways.

The figures published by the Department for Transport this week found that 53 per cent of car drivers are travelling above 30mph in residential zones, a figure which will shock road safety campaigners. The DfT data analyses different vehicle types across the board, including cars, motorbikes, buses and HGV’s and found that motorcyclists are the biggest problem in 30 zones, with 55 per cent of drivers ignoring the limit.

On the motorways there are 46 per cent of car drivers going beyond 70mph and motorcyclists again are more likely to break the law, with 53 per cent going beyond the advised speed limit.

It’s not all bad news, the ‘Vehicle Speed Compliance Statistics’ show that there are fewer drivers significantly breaking the speed limits with only 11 per cent going above 80mph on the motorways in 2018.

Strangely, the DfT figures reveal that speeding offences are on the decline, with just 169,000 offenders caught last year, but the Government is still being urged to make road safety a priority.

AA President Edmund King said: “Speed kills, so drivers should remember that lower limits on residential roads and are there for a very important reason.

“The next Prime Minister can become a champion of road safety, by reversing the cut to cops in cars who not only act as a deterrent, but also catch and penalise those with a heavy right foot.”