|12 Apr 2016.
For immediate release.
“The speed enforcement industry has long hated the fact that some drivers can be said to have escaped prosecution due to what they see as 'technicalities or loopholes'. But these are far from technicalities or legal loopholes. They were Statutory defences that were there to protect the public from lax local authority practices.These new laws will result in dual, if not multiple, signing standards. The national standards will be reduced to ad hoc, conflicting, confusing and non-existent regimes leading to misunderstanding, massive increases in NIP's, driver awareness courses, court appearances, disqualifications, loss of jobs, homes and marriages.
It has always been a fundamental principle of road safety that when the law expects drivers to adhere to local bylaws, drivers must be informed of the existence of a restriction in a clear, consistent and adequate manner, as set out in the Highway Code and now formerly in law. This was the national signing standard known as 'the law'.
The vast majority of drivers do not go out intending to break the law, create danger, cause injury or death. Most acquittals resulted from the fact that councils chose to fail to undertake transparent, simple signing laws and then blamed drivers for the authority's own failings.”
“This change in regulations will not only result in a free-for-all for the lucrative speed enforcement industry to target drivers who have been caught out by absent signage, it will also cause danger.ABD founder member and Director, Brian Gregory, commented:
Despite the steady erosion of any science behind speed limit setting, there are still many limits set for good reason and this change can only result in millions more drivers exceeding them, the generation of many more penalty notices and 'Awareness Course' attendees / fees — the ethical basis of all of which will be questionable — coupled with a further degradation in road safety.”
“This whole grubby episode clearly demonstrates that the unregulated, out-of-control speed enforcement industry is being allowed to write its own rules. It has inevitably come up with a Highwayman's Charter that will maximise profits at the expense of real road safety. Genuinely independent oversight and regulation of this morally bankrupt industry is long overdue.”