More than 12,000 drivers caught speeding on busy stretch of M6 in last two years
Written by The Newsroom on January 16, 2020
More than 12,000 drivers have been caught speeding on a stretch of the M6 just outside Birmingham in the past two years.
An investigation has found 12,524 motorists were caught driving too fast between junction 10A for Hilton Park, near Cannock, and junction 15 for Hanchurch, Staffordshire.
One southbound camera between junctions 15 and 14 – which is within the Smart motorway section – snared 4,083 drivers who flouted the 50mph speed limit in the two years to the end of September, 2019, an investigation by StokeOnTrentLive has revealed .
Highways England says motorway enforcement is handled by the police.
A spokesman added: “Speed restrictions within roadworks are there to protect the workforce as well as the motorists travelling through them.
“We’d encourage drivers to stick to the speed limits and leave plenty of space between themselves and the vehicle in front.”
The drivers were caught by a combination of static cameras and mobile speed operations.
Chief Inspector Mat Derrick, from Staffordshire Police ‘s roads policing unit, said: “Speeding on the M6 is enforced through smart motorway equipment installed between junctions 10A and 13 and then reduced speed limit enforcement through the roadworks between junctions 13 and 15.
“This is further complemented by the deployment of the Central Motorway Policing Group conducting mobile speed enforcement.”
Now one haulage firm is calling for a nationwide review of speed limits.
Barry Proctor, who owns Staffordshire-based Barry Proctor Services, said: “There is no excuse for speeding and if it is a 50mph zone then that is the limit – but it can be quite frustrating for people.
“These days people are under so much pressure to make deadlines and us truck drivers are no different. But we know the rules and if we get caught then there are no excuses.
“You can have variable speed limits across the M6 and sometimes traffic is moving but the signs still say ‘slow’. You do sometimes wonder why the limits are what they are and we need a review of speed limits.”
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