Vehicle speed compliance statistics for Great Britain: January to June 2020

Organisation: Department for Transport (DfT)
Date uploaded: 9 December 2020
Date published: November 2020

These Government figures show the proportion of cars exceeding the speed limit rose on all road types during the initial Covid-19 lockdown.

The statistics measure speed and compliance at sites where the road conditions are free flowing – for example roads with no junctions, hills, sharp bends, speed enforcement cameras or other traffic calming measures.

They show that during Q2 2020 (April to June), 63% of cars exceeded the speed limit on 30mph roads – compared to 56% during the same period in 2019.

There was also a 7% rise in the percentage of cars exceeding the speed limit on NSL (national speed limit) single carriageway roads – up from 10% in Q2 2019 to 17% in Q2 2020.

Meanwhile the percentage also rose slightly on motorways, up 1% to 53%.

After very little variation year-on-year, differences emerged as road traffic levels reduced sharply in late March after the lockdown was introduced on 23 March.

As restrictions eased later in quarter 2 (April to June), road traffic began to return to normal levels, and speed limit exceedance also started to return to levels more similar to 2019.

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