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Police consider scrapping 10%+2 buffer

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The UK’s head of national roads policing is understood to be calling for an end to the buffer that means people caught going a small amount over the speed limit face no action.

The Mail on Sunday reports that the policy that means people are not fined or sent on speed awareness courses until they have reached 35 in a 30 limit or 79 in a 70 will be scrapped on safety grounds.

It says West Mercia Chief Constable Anthony Bangham believes the guidance leads drivers to think it is OK to speed and that he warns colleagues, “We need to change our messaging and ensure greater consistency of approach when dealing with those who exceed the speed limit.”

But the report adds that he faces opposition from other police leaders who fear they could not enforce the stricter rules with dwindling resources, and that they would risk losing public support if motorists believed they were being treated as cash cows.


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