Skip to main content

Speed Limits: Motorcycles

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to deploy average speed cameras to detect motorcycles travelling at excess speed; and if he will make a statement. (236323)

The Department for Transport is not responsible for speed camera deployment which is entirely a matter for local road safety partnerships. Evidence shows average speed cameras are effective at reducing road casualties and reducing the speed of all types of vehicle. Traffic law enforcement devices require type approval by the Home Office before they can be used. At the moment there are four average speed cameras going through the type approval process. As type approval depends on the outcome of tests and manufacturers’ reactions, it is not possible to guarantee that any particular device will be successful or that type approval will be granted within any specific time scale.