Speed limits and enforcement
When introducing a speed limit, we have to consider:
- the suitability of the limit and the set up of the road
- historical road safety issues and accident data, areas with recorded incidents will be prioritised
- the cost of introducing a new speed limit.
An inappropriate limit tends to be disregarded by drivers, so careful consideration must be made to set the right limit for a particular stretch of road. We cannot introduce a speed limit for single entities, such as at a junction, a sharp bend or on a steep hill.
Read the national guidance on speed limits.
We are only able to make very minimal changes to speed limits, which are carried out on a priority basis.
Requests for amendments to an existing speed limit, or the introduction of a new limit, must be made through to us by email to TEnghelpdesk@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.
Enforcing speed limits
Dorset Police are responsible for enforcing speed limits. If you believe that there is a genuine speed issue, with vehicles speeding on a regular basis then you should report it to the local police.
Further information and advice about speed limits and penalties:
More information about road safety.