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Visit the Enforcement Summit and find out why drivers misbehave

The reasons why motorists either ignore or deliberately flout speeding, parking and other highways regulations will be revealed by a leading academic at the Landor LINKS Enforcement Summit 2012. Stephen G Stradling, Professor Emeritus at the Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University, will deliver at the conference and exhibition, which takes place in London on 10 July.

Professor Stradling is an expert on driver behavour who has researched and written extensively on issues such as drink-driving, speeding and road safety. The 6th? annual Enforcement Summit, programmed by Parking Review magazine and sponsored by APCOA Parking (UK), addresses a wide range of themes including civil parking enforcement, moving traffic offences, neighbourhood management and debt recovery.

Improving driver compliance by presenting signs and regulations in a clear and understandable manner will be the subject of a paper by Martin Cutts, research director at the Plain Language Commission.

Listening to drivers complaints and handling appeals in a fair and consistent manner will be addressed by Caroline Sheppard, chief adjudicator of the Traffic Penalty Tribunal and Nick Lester, director of services at London Councils.

The event will also include a presentation focussing on partnership working by Richard Walker, partnership manager for the North Essex Parking Partnership. The enhanced role of civil enforcement officers will be addressed by Graham Morphew, enforcement services director of APCOA Parking (UK).


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1 Jun 2012

Drivers "misbehave" about speeding because the government misbehaves in setting the limits so far below the normal safe traffic flow speeds. If the 85th percentile speed of free flowing traffic under good conditions on a road is 50 mph, then setting the posted limit at 40 mph is completely incorrect behavior of the government. Britain used to use 85th percentile limits 20+ years ago because they are the safest and best - IF safety is the real goal.

But, about 20 years ago authorities started to use arbitrary and artificially low posted limits plus speed cameras to achieve high revenue goals. It is wrong.

Return to 85th percentile posted limits and the "speeding problem" will virtually disappear, except for a few crazies that should be prosecuted.

James C. Walker, Board Member and Executive Director - National Motorists Association Foundation,, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA (frequent visitor to Britain to see family in West Yorkshire)