When it comes to the speed limit in Britain, there has always been a bit of a buffer as to the speed that you can travel above the posted speed limit. Police chiefs have announced that, due to the large amount of new technologies that are now applied to vehicles, this small cushion will soon disappear.
For many years, a small margin for error has been used by many drivers that allowed them to travel at an additional 10% plus 2mph above the posted speed limit. This ‘margin for error’ has always been in place to allow for the differing and sometimes inaccurate readings that each driver is fed back by the speedometer in their vehicle.
Police say that the plethora of new technologies that are now standard in vehicles, changes the need for the traditional margin for error, stating that the new advances in technology have created more accurate speed readings. A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs’ Council said:
“If you are over the limit, you are breaking the law and technology makes it easier to pinpoint exact speeds”
In Scotland, the change has already been made and the previous discretionary allowance has been abandoned. This means that drivers in Scotland could face a warning for traveling at as little as 1mph over the posted speed limit. Drivers who fall foul of the new rules will face a warning, drivers who are caught a second time will face a fine of £100 and 3 points on their license.
Despite the new approach being taken to improve road safety and to reduce the number of fatalities, road safety campaigners have protested that the change could lead to drivers watching their speedo more than the road ahead. President of The AA, Edmund King, said:
“We need drivers to concentrate on what is on the road in front of them, not always looking at the speedo…If a driver strays over the limit by 2mph, they shouldn’t be, but it’s better they do and stay focused on what is going on around them.”