Monday, 1 December 2014

Road safety charity Brake and MP John Leech urge motorists to stick to 50mph on M60 despite fines row . . .

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Road safety charity Brake and MP John Leech urge motorists to stick to 50mph on M60 despite fines row

Cited at:
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/m60-speed-cameras-safety-brake-8188546

Brake and Manchester MP John Leech say workers' lives could be at risk if people go over 50mph on the stretch


A 50mph limit has been imposed on the 17-mile stretch of motorway from junction 8 of the M60 at Stretford to junction 20 of the M62 at Rochdale

A road safety charity is urging drivers to stick to the 50mph average speed limit through M60 roadworks - despite a legal wrangle over enforcing the restriction.

Not a single speeding fine has been issued since the first of 50 average speed cameras was installed on the M60 in November.

It’s because of a row between highways and police chiefs about the legality of the 50mph limit which has been imposed on the 17-mile stretch of motorway from junction 8 of the M60 at Stretford to junction 20 of the M62 at Rochdale as work starts on a £208m upgrade.



The roadworks on the M60 and M62, between junction 8 and M62 Junction 20 

A QC has told Greater Manchester Police that the ‘temporary regulation order’ is unlawful as it’s currently worded and would fail if challenged by a motorist.

Worried about potential payouts in the future, police chiefs decided not to issue enforcement notices to speeding motorists captured by the cameras.

But drivers are being urged to stick to 50mph along the stretch - for their safety and workers in the road as lanes are narrowed. It is understood the limit will be enforced in the new year after being revised.

Drivers who stray over 50mph could still be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention if they’re spotted by mobile police patrols.

Dave Nichols, of road safety charity Brake, said drivers should stick to the limit to be safe - not simply to avoid getting fined.

He added: “We should all remember that the reason we need to drive slower is so we can stop more quickly in an emergency and avoid a potentially catastrophic crash, not just to avoid getting ‘caught’ by the authorities.”

Manchester Withington MP John Leech, who was named Parliamentarian of the Year for Road Safety by Brake in 2008, said drivers have to recognise that workers’ lives are at risk.

He said: “Highways and police need to get their act together and make sure it’s sorted so they can start issuing fines. Now that people know, they will ignore the limit.”

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said police have asked for a temporary traffic regulation order to be revised and that an amended version will be in place in the new year.

GMP is urging drivers to stick to 50mph, with more road workers being deployed and lanes being narrowed.



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