Solihull’s Stronger Communities & Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Board has a report before them next week where they will review the speed enforcement measures in the borough undertaken by the Council and West Midlands Police.

The report outlines the present situation and a range of options to consider as we move forwards. I am personally keen to move forwards to have measures that are appropriate for the communities and effective. However, it is also vitally important to note that we in Solihull have very safe roads and collision data reflects that.

More can and should be done to reduce collisions, and especially injury and more serious collisions, but how we achieve this is not so certain with resources at hand. The report highlights it is estimated that over 15,000 speeding fines were issued in 2020 to road users in Solihull, but this doesn’t appear to be making a difference to the number of complaints being received. It adds that with over 1,000 streets on the local road network, the available resources will only be deployed in a small proportion of concern sites each year. The challenge being, how to move from being a reactive service to one that is more proactive and effective at changing driver behaviours and helping to meet the Council’s casualty reduction target.

The report can be read here and I would value your views: 3. Speed Enforcement Review – FINAL.pdf (


  1. Speeding is a massive problem in the Solihull borough and needs to be stopped. Roads of specific concern to me personally are Blossomfield road from the lights at Dingle lane down towards Solihull past Alderbrook School, Dorchester Road, Sharman’s Cross Road and Danford Lane where we witness speeding on a daily basis. Kind regards Doug Owen, Alder Park Road.

  2. How many of us think a few mph above the speed limit is ok? After all the police allow a nominal 10% for inaccuracies in car speedometers. I suspect the majority of us do. How many of us know what the consequence of interpreting the speed limit this way in human terms compared to treating the speed limit as literally the fastest a vehicle can travel, if we hit a pedestrian or animal? I suspect not many do. Given the increase in the numbers of 4×4 vehicles on the road and a suspicion that the increased size of such vehicles potentially has a more damaging effect when involved in such accidents, perhaps messages contains information of this sort ought to be circulating, or made to circulate. Just a thought that we can all do our bit rather than join the moaners or blamers brigades.

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