Following the embarrassing failure of the 20 mph speed limit project (where on many roads average speeds were found to have risen following the installation of the new signs) it appears that the York Council is turning a blind eye to speeding problems.
Many residents had pointed out that risks were greatest at locations where motorists routinely exceeded 40 mph.
Despite this, the Councils web page, which is devoted to addressing speeding concerns, has not been kept up to date.
The page (click to access) claims to provide links to an “on line” Police form that can be completed by those wanting vehicle speeds checked. In fact the links are broken (although you can access the form direct by clicking here).
Nor is the Council reporting back on the results of speed checks that have been undertaken. The last list dates from November 2015 but does not include any speed data
There are several problem locations in west York.
These include St Stephens Road while the frequent activation of the Vehicle Activated warning Signs on Wetherby Road and Green Lane suggests that many drivers still do not stay within the 30 mph limit.
The Police have 3 safety camera vans. However they tend to visit the same locations in the York area on a regular basis. Clearly they can be assured of regular fine income from sites like those on the A64, but this is at the expense of high profile “reassurance checks” in residential areas.
Recent figures suggest that the vans now concentrate mainly on the A64 and A59 near York.
The Police have singularly failed to produce statistics which confirm whether deployment of the vans has reduced accident rates on particular stretches of road.
Nor do they report whether average speeds have been reduced at sites that they visit regularly.
So, all in all, we think that the speed awareness partnership needs to up its game in and around the City.