Title: Setting local speed limits

Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 19th July 2012
Date published/launched: July 2012

This guidance sets out the framework that traffic authorities should follow when setting and reviewing local speed limits.

Speed limits should be evidence-led and self-explaining and seek to reinforce people's assessment of what is a safe speed to travel. They should encourage self-compliance. Speed limits should be seen by drivers as the maximum rather than a target speed.

Traffic authorities set local speed limits in situations where local needs and conditions suggest a speed limit which is lower than the national speed limit.

This guidance is to be used for setting all local speed limits on single and dual carriageway roads in both urban and rural areas.

This guidance should also be used as the basis for assessments of local speed limits, for developing route management strategies and for developing the speed management strategies which can be included in Local Transport Plans.

For more information contact:
Department for Transport enquiries
T: 0300 330 3000

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Reviews (2)

Very comprehensive. A very useful document.

John Hindley -

It only seems like yesterday that we were reviewing the speed limits of A and B class roads in accordance with Circular 01/2006.

Charles Thompson - Novo 55 Consulting Ltd