Big Motoring World News: Police could take the harsher Speeding viewpoint
The Police’s stance on speeding could be set to become even stricter after a review was opened into the current speeding buffer guidelines. At current, the Police use a 10% plus 2 mph buffer zone when establishing a speeding offence but a Police Constable believes that this could be giving out the wrong impression and instead be condoning speeding.
The buffer zone guidelines are designed to give Police discretion before deciding whether an offence has been made. At current the current buffer guidelines means that unless you are doing over 35 mph in a 30 mph zone or 79 mph in a 70 mph zone you are unlikely to be prosecuted. It’s these buffers that Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, the National Police Chief Council’s lead on road policing, believes give out the wrong impression.
The current speed guidelines for Police were laid out seven years ago back in 2011 and have remained virtually unchanged since. The review is said to take a look at these guidelines and establish if there are any grounds or requirement for any changes to be made.
Chief Constable Anthony Bangham raised these points earlier on in the year and was met with conflicting views on the matter. At that time Edmund King, president of the AA responded by saying that he believed that greater education around speeding should be delivered rather than just passing on a fine to drivers that would get caught under the new proposed guidelines. He also stressed that he feels it is more important to ensure drivers eyes are focused on the road ahead rather than being fixated on speedometers 100% of the time.
At current drivers caught speeding are either offered a speed awareness course or are given three points on their licence and a fine. The fines around speeding were recently changed to take into account a person’s monthly income.
Whatever the outcome of this latest review, this latest call for the revision to speed buffer zones has certainly divided opinion and looks set to be a topic that’s debated into the future.