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 (solihull.gov.uk)