Stats lift the lid on speed compliance in 2021

The percentage of motorcycles exceeding the speed limit on 30mph roads fell in 2021 – however the data for motorways paints a less encouraging picture.

That’s according to Government statistics, which 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.

The stats show in 2021, 59% of motorcyclists exceeded the speed limit on 30mph roads, compared to 67% in 2020.

The fall was expected, given the peak in speeding caused by lower traffic levels during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With that in mind, the figures for motorways will be considered disappointing – with the percentages of motorcycles exceeding the speed limit rising from 58% to 59%.

Meanwhile, the percentage of motorcycles exceeding the speed limits on National Speed Limit (NSL) single carriageways fell from 29% to 28%.

27 June 2022

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