We are able to set a different speed limit to the national limits in certain circumstances. It is one of various different solutions we can look at for an area where speeding is an issue.
To tell us about a problem about speeding in your area, use the speed concern form provided by North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau. That way, we can be sure your request is passed to the correct department.
Changing the speed limit is one of several solutions we and our 95 Alive partners can look at. Other options include:
- a community speed watch scheme
- education and publicity
- speed awareness courses
- more signage
- electronic speed warning signs that activate when speeding is detected
- police enforcement
- changes to the road layout
- traffic calming schemes
The York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership means that all reports of speed concerns in North Yorkshire can be dealt with centrally and then passed to the correct authority.
In the partnership, North Yorkshire Council is responsible for speed limit changes, road signage and traffic calming measures. You can contact us about these here.
What happens next?
Before deciding to change an existing speed limit we must consult the Department of Transport's guidance on setting local speed limits.
We must take many factors into account, including:
- safety and accident prevention
- the local environment
- whether the change will affect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists or motorbikes
- whether it will help local people feel safer
- the effect on journey times
- the costs of putting it into place
- the costs of installing and maintaining any changes to the road
- the costs of enforcement
We have to consult on the proposed order and publish notices on site and in the local press detailing the proposal and inviting any objections which the area committee looks at. We also need to consult with North Yorkshire Police about the proposal.
If it goes ahead, a legal process begins and a statutory speed limit order has to be made.