Nearly 2.4 million speeding offences were detected across England and Wales in 2018-19, according to latest figures.

With a total of 2.84 million motoring offences across the two countries, speeding accounted for 84 percent.

“Where limits are properly signposted and clearly feel right for the road in question then motorists have no excuse for going faster,” said Steve Gooding from the RAC Foundation.

“That means highway authorities also have a responsibility to make sure the limits they set are appropriate and to avoid instances where the limit repeatedly ‘bounces’ up and down along a single stretch.”

The analysis – based on Home Office data – showed that West Yorkshire topped the list with 181,867 people caught speeding. Second was Avon and Somerset (159,210) followed by the Metropolitan Police, including City of London (157,494).

At the other end of the scale Wiltshire Constabulary caught only 807 people speeding, Cleveland caught 11,937 and Derbyshire 12,256. Wiltshire turned off its speed cameras in 2010.

There were various outcomes for motorists stopped for speeding:

  • 44 percent resulted in the offender being sent on a speed awareness course
  • 34 percent attracted fixed penalty notices (FPNs)
  • 12 percent were later cancelled
  • 10 percent resulted in court action