Speeding Increased During Lockdown

Tue 24th Nov 2020

The UK lockdown earlier this year may have made for quieter roads, but new government data has shown that there was a lot more speeding as drivers took advantage of the open road.

Figures published this week show that there was a direct link between fewer cars meaning faster cars, with a higher proportion of motorists caught speeding. On the motorway network there was a slight increase from 52 to 53 per cent, but worryingly, on single carriageways and 30mph zones, the increase was much more significant, jumping from 10 to 17 per cent and 56 to 63 per cent respectively.

Jack Cousens, head of AA Roads Policy, said: “It is worrying that more drivers broke the speed limit when there was less traffic on Britain’s streets during the lockdown.

“Also of great concern was the increase on 30 mph roads, given there were more pedestrians and cyclists exercising or avoiding public transport during the first lockdown.

“However, despite some high-profile law-breakers, UK roads didn’t turn into racetracks. Early in the lockdown, there were incidents of extreme speed on motorways, main roads and even residential streets, particularly around London, as offenders thought the police would be busy enforcing the lockdown.”