Consultation outcome

Speed limit exemptions

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

This report and final consultation outcome provides a summary of responses to the government’s proposal to amend the speed limit exemption regulations and to introduce a mandatory training course that drivers would have to undertake before being permitted to break the speed limit. The aim of this reform is to ensure that other vehicle purposes that assist the emergency services in providing lifesaving services and protecting national security can legally exceed the speed limit in cases where it is justified.

Original consultation

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Summary

This consultation proposes that section 19 of the Road Safety Act (2006) be brought into effect.

Documents

Consultation document

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Consultation document

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Impact assessment

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Impact assessment

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High speed driver training 2008

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High speed assessor competency 2008

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High speed driver competency and training 2008

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High speed instructor competency 2008

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High speed training quality assurance 2008

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Consultation description

This consultation proposes that section 19 of the Road Safety Act (2006) be brought into effect. This would replace section 87 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act (1984) in relation to exemptions from speed limits for certain vehicle purposes. Regulations are needed to bring it into effect and set out the detail of how it would work. This document contains the department’s proposed approach to implementing the regulations in Section 19.

The changes would have two major effects. Firstly it will allow certain other vehicle purposes to be included in speed limit exemption regulations. Secondly it will prescribe a high speed training course that drivers must undertake (or be in the process of taking) before they are permitted to exceed speed limits.

This consultation document also considers regulations related to 5 other exemptions from road traffic laws (related to signals, signalled crossings, certain signs and motorway hard shoulders) It includes proposals to amend some of these other provisions at the same time that section 19 is commenced.

The document will also seek views about the planned introduction of a further exemption from seat belt requirements related to the treatment of patients in the back of ambulances.