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Speed limits and traffic calming

Mobile speed cameras

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View a list of mobile speed camera locations throughout Nottinghamshire at www.nottspeed.com

Speeding traffic causes great concern to many people. Speed limits are the maximum speed at which vehicles may legally travel. They are used to keep speeds to a level which is regarded as reasonable for the road and area concerned. Many drivers exceed the limits and in doing so put pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers at risk. 

Reviewing speed limits

We support the policy of introducing appropriate speed limits but will only pursue a change in speed limit where:

  • it is generally supported by residents of the area

  • it is justified on road safety grounds.

The speed limit chosen for a particular road must be appropriate for the conditions so that most drivers will obey the limit without the need for constant Police enforcement.

If it is decided to introduce a new speed limit or alter an existing one, a ‘Traffic Regulation Order’ is needed, which is a lengthy legal procedure which can take over a year to complete.

We are currently carrying out a review of all speed limits on the County's A and B Road network. This review will take five years and should be completed by 2012.

We are also carrying out a village speed review across the whole network. We are currently focusing on implementing lower speed limits in those villages that have 60mph limits. It is anticipated that villages that currently have 50mph and 40mph limits and meet the criteria for a reduced speed limit will start to be considered in 2009/2010. Following this, villages needing an extension to their speed limit where significant development has taken place beyond the end of current village speed limit signs, will be considered. 

Safety cameras

Safety cameras in the whole county and city area are managed by the Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership.
This partnership involves:

  • Nottinghamshire Police

  • Nottingham City Council

  • Nottinghamshire County Council

  • The Highways Agency

  • Magistrates Court service.

Within this partnership it is Nottinghamshire Police who are responsible for the operation of both fixed site and mobile speed cameras.

Government guidelines state that fixed cameras can only be used where:

  • there have been at least three fatal or serious collisions per kilometre in the last three calendar years and

  • where the majority of drivers are exceeding the speed limit.

In 2010 there were 33 speed camera sites, (including fixed and mobile), which have helped reduce the numbers of killed and seriously injured people by 67% at these locations. There were an additional 11 red light camera sites at which the number of killed and seriously injured people have reduced by 36%.

The Police make no money from speeding fines; payments go directly to the Treasury. To find out more, including speed camera locations please visit www.nottspeed.com 

Traffic calming

Traffic calming is a cost-effective method of reducing accidents, discouraging unnecessary through traffic and reducing vehicle speeds. Traffic calming measures include:

  • the installation of road humps and cushions
  • road narrowing
  • changes to road markings and signs
  • changing existing speed limits.

Getting traffic calming installed

We will only consider installing traffic calming in circumstances where a problem exists on roads resulting in community concern, such as:

  • inappropriate speed
  • excessive volume of through traffic
  • a measure to assist in accident reduction.

The decision on whether to install traffic calming on a particular road is based on various factors including:

  • The existing accident record
  • The category of road (traffic calming will not be installed on major roads unless in response to accidents)
  • More than 250 vehicles travel through the site during a typical peak hour and the majority of these vehicles exceed the stated speed limit by 20 percent or more (eg. faster than 36mph in a 30mph zone)
  • Houses front more than half of the affected road
  • Substantial public support is received for the introduction of traffic calming measures.

The type of traffic calming installed on a road depends on the type of road and traffic flow. Speed cushions are generally used on main bus routes and emergency routes. Full width humps (sometimes known as 'sleeping policemen') are used on other roads.

Vehicle activated interactive speed limit signs will only be installed as a response to excessive speed or as part of a Safer Routes to School Scheme. Certain criteria must be met and the signs may only be used on a 30mph road. 

Reporting a speed problem

When a speed problem is reported to us it will be investigated to see whether interactive speed signs are justified or police enforcement of the speed limit is necessary. We work closely with the Police to ensure significant speeding problems causing concern to communities are dealt with effectively.

Remember that speeds appear much faster to a pedestrian at the road-side than they really are.

If you believe that traffic travels too fast along roads in your area:

  • make a record of when and where the problem occurs
  • report it our Customer Service Centre on tel: 0300 500 80 80. 

Further information

  • For more information about traffic calming or to request traffic calming on a particular road call our customer service centre on tel: 0300 500 80 80
  • For general information about speed limits call our customer service centre on tel: 0300 500 80 80
  • For information about speed cameras in Nottinghamshire, including locations, see www.nottspeed.com
  • For enforcement of speed limits please contact Nottinghamshire Police: www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/contact/
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