No one observes our 20mph limit

Sir – How exciting that the police have agreed, at long last, to enforce 20mph speed limits.

Except that they’re doing nothing of the sort — drivers have to exceed 30mph before they are penalised, so they can break the 20mph limit with impunity.

Is it too much to ask that the police do their job and enforce the law? It is fanciful to suggest, too — as some have — that the 20mph limit is self-enforcing through road design and traffic calming.

On the street where I live — a notorious rat-run — no one observes the 20 limit. Speed bumps and the fact that the street narrows to a single lane, simply make them drive faster. They ignore the speed bumps and, where the road narrows, put their foot down, racing to get through before someone comes the other way.

The presence of pedestrians, some with small children, very close to the carriageway makes absolutely no difference. At the moment, these irresponsible motorists are getting away with it, every day. Could the police pay us a visit and catch some of them?

Better still, could we have a speed camera installed? Then these selfish, antisocial drivers could be brought to book, at long last.

Simon Jones, Old Headington

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11:33am Mon 20 Aug 12

EMBOX1 says...

Totally agree with this letter....

..only if the Police do the same to enforce the law against other road users. You would not believe what I saw at the junction of Walton St/Beaumont St yesterday. A cyclist passed waiting traffic on Walton St, cycled right across the red light and into the junction where oncoming traffic was flowing - forcing drivers to do an emergency stop. He just then cycled off down Hythe Bridge St.

This guy cannot be traced - no licence plate to look up in a database. So he's a dangerous road user, and can't be prosecuted. If his vehicle doesn't have to have an ID plate, why does mine?
Totally agree with this letter.... ..only if the Police do the same to enforce the law against other road users. You would not believe what I saw at the junction of Walton St/Beaumont St yesterday. A cyclist passed waiting traffic on Walton St, cycled right across the red light and into the junction where oncoming traffic was flowing - forcing drivers to do an emergency stop. He just then cycled off down Hythe Bridge St. This guy cannot be traced - no licence plate to look up in a database. So he's a dangerous road user, and can't be prosecuted. If his vehicle doesn't have to have an ID plate, why does mine? EMBOX1

1:32pm Thu 13 Sep 12

wobbler says...

Have the Police agreed to enforce 20mph limits in Oxford? I also live in a 20mph zone (Hollow Way) and sometimes you'd think it was Brands Hatch, i've never seen any Police operation here to discourage road users breaking this limit.
Speed and illegal parking on this road would net the council/police a tidy sum if they policed it properly on a daily basis!
Have the Police agreed to enforce 20mph limits in Oxford? I also live in a 20mph zone (Hollow Way) and sometimes you'd think it was Brands Hatch, i've never seen any Police operation here to discourage road users breaking this limit. Speed and illegal parking on this road would net the council/police a tidy sum if they policed it properly on a daily basis! wobbler

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