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Many Speeding Offences Cancelled

Posted in General News on Thursday, February 17th, 2022

Out of the 2.4 million speeding offences recorded in 12 months to the end of March last year, 404,335 were dropped according to government statistics analysed by the RAC Foundation. This means that 17% of the speeding offences recorded in 2020/21 were later cancelled. The previous figure was 13%.

Speeding offences were dropped for various reasons such as faulty speed cameras, delays in issuing notices of intended prosecution and a lack of the resources needed to bring cases to court.The total number of speeding offences recorded in 2020/21 fell by just 6% despite the significant decrease in traffic volumes caused by the coronavirus lockdown. The majority of speeding offences (96%) were picked up by cameras. The RAC Foundations Director, Steve Gooding said: “It is correct that drivers caught speeding should face the consequences, but it is also important that the systems of detection and prosecution are robust. The hundreds of thousands of cancelled offences each year indicate they are not. At the very least it is an administrative burden the police could do without. We urge the Home Office to start collecting data from police forces about these cancelled offences so we can understand where the problem lies.”

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