We can't be bothered to enforce some speed limits, apparently.
March 4, 2013 3:37 PM Subscribe
posted by lucullus (4 comments total)
For the last month or so, the UK Parliament's All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group
has been running a series of evidence sessions on cycling in the UK. Today's gem seems to have been from the rep from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO
), who appeared to say that the police aren't interested in enforcing 20mph limits: “We are not enforcing 20mph speed limits at this moment in time
". So now they've 'clarified' it, with the rather laughable suggestion that "Where drivers are exceeding the speed limit through wilful offending, we would expect that officers will enforce the limit and prosecute offenders.
It was pretty odd to hear the ACPO actually come out and say this - as one committee member apparently said, that's the law and we expect the police to uphold it. I guess there are things the police are more or less concerned to enforce, but it does seem odd that they appear to have made a complex value judgement "...However it is for local police forces to apply a proportionate approach to enforcement of 20mph limits based on risk to individuals, property and the seriousness of any breach." on something (vehicle speed) that seems pretty crucial to a functioning urban realm.
(FP - I hope this reads Ok and is of interest to someone! :D)
This post was deleted for the following reason: bike/ped drama posts need to be made in a less editorial fashion. Maybe try again tomorrow? -- jessamyn