Road safety and speeding
Only the police can enforce speed limits and issue penalties for speeding and dangerous driving, but we can help set speed limits, introduce traffic calming measures and provide safe junctions.
Keeping speed down
Speed is a significant factor in about one third of road crashes and speeding vehicles can affect the quality of life of many urban communities.
We have introduced 20mph limits in Dunstable and Shefford, making them safer for cyclists and pedestrians as well as drivers.
Changing speed limits
We receive many requests from residents to help reduce speeding and rat running. If a change in the speed limit is agreed then a new Speed Limit Order has to be made. This statutory legal process takes approximately 9 months to complete.
Speed control humps help slow traffic. They must be between 50mm and 100mm high and extend over the full width of the road, except for drainage channels at either end. 75mm high humps are the most common, and have been found to reduce traffic to around 22 mph. Flat topped humps known as speed tables are sometimes used to reduce the impact on long vehicles such as buses.