The Department for Transport (DfT) has released a report on Vehicle Speed Compliance Statistics for 2018. The figures show that over half of drivers exceed the speed limit on 30mph roads.  In 2018, Under free-flowing traffic conditions, 52% of car drivers exceeded the speed limit on 30mph roads with 46% of cars on motorways and 10% on 60mph roads.

The government report also found that 5% of car drivers go over the limit by more than 10mph on 30mph roads. The figure rises to 11% on motorways but drops to 1% on 60mph roads.

Compliance to the limits was highest on national speed limit single carriageways but lowest on 30mph roads, for all vehicle types.

In response to the report, the AA has again highlighted how important it is that police forces have the necessary roads policing resource.

The AA president, Edmund King, said:

“More than half of drivers (52%) exceeding 30 mph speed limits on local roads is extremely concerning.


Speed kills, so drivers should remember that lower limits on residential roads and are there for a very important reason.


“The next Prime Minister can become a champion of road safety, by reversing the cut to cops in cars who not only act as a deterrent, but also catch and penalise those with a heavy right foot.”

Des Morrison, director of police and public sector contracts at DriveTech, echoed the AA’s calls and also said more action needs to be taken:

“The speed awareness courses already in place across most of the country help educate and positively change behaviours (DfT Report May 2018). We need to work in partnership to reduce the number of killed and seriously injured on UK roads, with speed being one of the key contributing factors to many crashes. These statistics indicate a high propensity to speed, with over 50% speeding in 30mph areas.”