Any experienced Transit Connect driver will tell you that the face of roads has changed over the years. Whilst speed limits have been in force since 1865 with traffic calming measures and the ‘Locomotive Act’ set, today we see all manner of methods being enforced to stop people speeding, with many being seen as a controversial way of increasing revenue. From average speed to instantaneous cameras, the UK has tried and continues to try various tricks to catch people speeding.
Lowering the speed limit in residential areas has been a fairly recent method and one, it would seem, has not necessarily contributed to a reduction in fatalities or injuries. In fact, numbers have shown that the number of people killed or seriously injured actually increased after the speed limit was reduced from 30mph in some areas.
The reduction in speed from 30 to 20mph especially in built up residential areas and around schools is one that has been widely used but recent research shows it may not be working. The number of people killed or injured annually in Portsmouth increased from 18.7 to 19.9 after the scheme was launched in 2007.
As for the static speed cameras which are every Used Ford Vans driver worst nightmare, many towns and counties are opting to removing them with one town recently revealing that there has been a sharp drop in the number of accidents as a result. In Swindon, over the past year there have been 14 minor and two serious accidents occur compared with 15 minor and five serious and one fatal accident in the same streets the previous year when the cameras were operational.