Tackling inconsiderate driving

Schemes can also cover speeding in 20 mph areas and inconsiderate driving

When 20 mph speed limits were introduced in the 1990s, there were special rules covering their use, due to the expectation that they should be ‘self-enforcing’. Because of this, many police forces refuse to enforce 20 mph or to allow CSW to enforce them either. Since 2009, the Department for Transport has changed policy to stress the importance of 20 mph, which need only have a ‘self-enforcing element’. Some police forces now allow CSW to operate on 20 mph roads and where speed limits have been lowered from 30 mph, it can be a very effective way of encouraging drivers to adjust their driving. New guidance from the Association of Chief Police Officers is expected in 2013, which should mean that all police forces follow suit.

Speeding is not the only form of anti-social driving and the Government consulted in 2012 on bringing in Fixed Penalty Notices (much like a ‘speeding ticket’) for the offence of careless and inconsiderate driving. Currently police have to go to court to enforce this but this change could allow CSW to monitor this form of anti-social driving too, such as with video cameras. In fact evidential rules are not so strict for this offence compared to speeding, so there could be scope for enforcement action.

Sussex Police already offers a service for people to report anti-social driving: Sussex Police’s Operation Crackdown. See if you can persuade your local police to do the same.

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