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    Association of Chief Police Officers of England,
    Wales and Northern Ireland


    Joining Forces for Safer Roads

    STATUS: At its meeting on 19 July 2000, Chief Constables’ Council agreed to accept these guidelines and to recommend to chief constables that they be adopted for implementation as appropriate to their forces. Copyright © 2004. See last page for copyright notice.

    This guidance was reviewed on 9 October 2002.

    It is disclosable under FOIA 2000.



    Securing a higher level of compliance with existing speed limits has the potential to deliver the following benefits:

     Reduced casualties, in terms of both numbers and severity
     Reduced demand upon the Health Service
     Reduced conflict between motor vehicles and other road users
     A calmer and more free-flowing traffic environment
     Improved quality of life in local communities

    Effective Speed Enforcement will contribute to the following Government Policies
     Police Service Overarching Aims and Objectives
     National Road Safety Strategy and Targets to 2010
     'Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation' (White Paper 1999)
     Community Safety Strategies (Crime & Disorder Act 199
     Local Transport Plans (Integrated Transport Policy)
     Local Government Act (Best Value 199
     The Human Rights Act 1998

    The Police Role

    ACPO's National Road Policing Strategy

    This has been developed by ACPO following wide consultation has the following Strategic Aim:

    • Tackle criminality on our roads
    • Reduce road death and injury
    • Maintain order
    • Promote economic well being

    Supported by the following Strategic Objectives:

     Use of the Roads by Criminals
    Priorities: Exploit technology; Utilise the National Intelligence Model
     Improved Road User Behaviour
    Priorities: Identify and remedy the causes of potentially harmful road-user behaviour; Meet the Government’s Casualty Reduction Targets
     Effective Collision Investigation
    Priorities: Investigate to the standard set by the Road Death Investigation Manual; The improved use of technology
     Safer Vehicles
    Priorities: Identify and deal with unroadworthy vehicles; Accumulate data; NCAP – police to provide example by purchasing cars with high NCAP ratings
     Improved use of road space
    Priority: To respond promptly to incidents in order to reduce the impact of disruption whilst providing a high quality incident management and investigative service to the public and our partners
     Safer Roads
    Priority: In partnership share and inform professional knowledge in relation to the roads infrastructure to enhance safety

    The following should be read in conjunction with the ACPO Prosecution Policy Guidelines on the use of the Fixed Penalty System

    Speed Enforcement

    The principles of Speed Enforcement

    The enforcement of traffic law by the police should be guided by the principles of proportionality in applying the law and securing compliance; targeting of enforcement action; consistency of approach; and transparency about what enforcement action is undertaken, and why; and recognition that effective partnerships with other organisations are essential.


    Proportionality means relating enforcement action to the risks. Those whom the law protects and those on whom it places duties expect that action taken by the police to achieve compliance (in this case speed limits) should be proportionate to the risks to individuals and property and to the seriousness of any breach.


    Targeting means making sure that enforcement action is directed primarily at those whose behaviour poses the greatest risk (particularly to others), often at identifiable locations or in identifiable circumstances. Targeting needs to take full advantage of a wide range of information sources, including academic research, to develop a greater level of understanding of what the problems are and how to resolve them, so that enforcement action can be focused and prioritised.

    Effective targeting will therefore ensure that road risks are objectively identified and prioritised for appropriate action; that suitable resources are deployed; and that pertinent monitoring and evaluation takes place so that costs and benefits can be properly assessed and future decision making enhanced.


    Consistency of approach does not mean uniformity. It does mean taking a similar approach in similar circumstances to achieve similar ends. Police officers are faced with many variables; the decision as to what action to take is a matter of judgement, and they must exercise their discretion. Where Police Officers believe that an offence has been committed (in this case, that a motorist has driven at any speed over the relevant speed limit), in exercising their discretion as to the appropriate enforcement action, they must consider the nature and circumstances of the offence. Depending on those circumstances they may decide to issue a summons, issue a fixed penalty notice, caution, warn or take no action. For instance, it might be appropriate to issue a summons for exceeding a speed limit at relatively low speeds over the relevant limit on roads near schools at certain times of day or when there are adverse weather conditions, whereas a similar offence committed in the middle of the night might merit the issue of a fixed penalty notice.

    Road users do expect consistency from the police nationally, and this feature has been identified as a benefit linked to the operation of speed cameras. Inconsistency in enforcement practice undermines public confidence and contributes to resentment. It is part of ACPO's role to ensure that consistency is achieved wherever possible.


    Transparency means helping drivers to understand what is expected of them and why. It also means ensuring clarity about what the public can expect from the police. Raising the public’s understanding of the full implications of their actions (specifically including the human and financial costs) will assist in changing behaviour and ultimately attitudes.

    The way in which ACPO tries to achieve transparency is by publishing guidance to chief constables to enable them, in turn, to offer operational advice and guidance to their officers. ACPO's guidance is placed in the public domain.

    The Guidance

    ACPO's guidance has been formulated having taken account of the need for proportionality (especially with the introduction of Human Rights legislation) and the need for targeting in order to maximise the potential of scarce police resources and make a substantial contribution to the multi-agency road death and injury reduction effort.

    Driving at any speed over the limit is an offence. The differing speed limits are generally related, and proportionate, to the risks to all road users using that road. Where police officers consider that an offence has been committed i.e. that a motorist has driven at any speed over the relevant speed limit, they should consider whether it is appropriate to take enforcement action against the offender.

    The Police Service now uses technology that enables it to prove that an offence has been committed as soon as a driver exceeds the relevant speed limit by a very small margin. Motorists will therefore be at risk of prosecution immediately they exceed any legal speed limit.

    The guidance to police officers is that it is anticipated that, other than in the most exceptional circumstances, the issue of fixed penalty notices and summonses is likely to be the minimum appropriate enforcement action as soon as the following speeds have been reached:

    Limit Fixed Penalty Summons
    20 mph 25 mph 35 mph
    30 mph 35 mph 50 mph
    40 mph 46 mph 66 mph
    50 mph 57 mph 76 mph
    60 mph 68 mph 86 mph
    70 mph 79 mph 96 mph
    Fixed penalty of
    1. £60 (pending)
    2. Licence endorsed with 3 penalty points Magisterial discretion (level 2) maximum of:
    1. £1000 fine
    2. Licence endorsed - range of penalty points available
    3. Disqualification
    4. Compulsory re-testing
    This guidance does not and cannot replace the police officer's discretion and they may decide to issue a summons or a fixed penalty notice in respect of offences committed at speeds lower than those set out in the table. Moreover, in particular circumstances, driving at speeds lower than the legal limit may result in prosecution for other offences, for example dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention when the speed is inappropriate and inherently unsafe.

    Effective Partnerships

    Effective speed enforcement cannot be carried out by one agency acting alone. The Police Service actively seeks to develop close working relationships with others (e.g. the DTLR and Agencies, highway authorities, magistrates courts, education authorities, road safety organisations etc.) in order to promote road safety and ensure that approaches to speed compliance which do not rely solely upon sanctions are fully exploited.

    See copyright notice overleaf

    Copyright notice

    Copyright © 2000. All rights reserved. Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Registered Office: 25, Victoria Street, London, SW1H

    Published and printed by the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales & Northern Ireland
    7th Floor, 25 Victoria Street
    London SW1H 0EX

    For copyright enquiries please telephone the ACPO Office on 020 7227 3434
    2007 Audi RS4 - sold 2008

  • #2
    Did you contact the ACPO for Copyright approval? :wink:


    • #3
      79 on Cruise from now on ;>

      ...but they never look at estates....much.

      ...or they might think I'm one of them.

      ...better get that black rat sticker out!


      • #4
        I was stopped for doing 103.9 on M62, I cooperated fully :wink: and they did me for 92.9 three points and fine, although I was taking my bike test the following week and I had to use my speeding ticket as my licence,but I passed