21 Feb 2010.
For immediate release.

Contact the ABD

Press Release

Localism a Threat To Road Safety
ABD warns of dangers of handing powers to local councils
Whilst putting local people in charge sounds good in theory, there are some issues where a national strategy is essential. Nowhere is this more true than in the case of setting speed limits.

ABD spokesman Nigel Humphries explains:
“A small minority of people have come to believe they have the right to dictate the speed at which vehicles pass their house — whilst in most cases being quite happy to drive past other people's houses at higher, but still perfectly safe, speeds. This conflict of interests can only be resolved by having national rules on setting of limits in place. We cannot have the situation where a speed limit changes purely because the road enters a different county, such arbitrary changes bring speed limits into disrepute.”
Humphries continues:
“Local councils have a long history of caving into local pressure and ignoring the advice of the police and other experts when setting limits. Far from improving road safety this undermines compliance and respect for the law. Instead of handing more powers to non expert, politically motivated local councils the government should be strictly controlling their actions.”

The B5000, where it crosses the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border, is example of how allowing local authorities to set speed limits, leads to inconsistent speed limits on the same road, which bring all speed limits into disrepute.

On entering Warwickshire from Leicestershire, the speed limit on the B5000 drops from NSLA to 50mph for no reason whatsoever.

In Leicestershire, the limit on the B5000 is NSLA — as it should be.
Click images for full size (2272x1704) photos.

Notes for Editors about the ABD