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Is it goodbye to the speed limit leeway?

You know how people who speed always insist there's a certain amount you can go over the speed limit before the police can be bothered with you? That's true - for now.

In England, you're allowed a margin of error of 10% plus 2mph (weird but I don't make the rules). That means 35 in a 30 won't usually get you a ticket and 79 on the motorway won't either - mostly. It does happen though, so don't see the margin as an allowance.

The zero-tolerance approach to speeding

Scottish police have never told people what their official margin is and are now actually ditching the whole idea. From this autumn, drivers north of the wall will be risking a formal warning for even 1mph over the limit - followed by a £100 fine if they do it again.

Scotland will have a 6-month pilot of the new restrictions, closely watched by the rest of the UK. If the number of crashes is reduced in that time, it's not unlikely it will be tried in England and Wales too.

We are talking about people who might be law-abiding in every other respect but fail to realise the risk they pose by driving on autopilot or failing to pay enough attention to what is going on around them.

Superintendent Iain Murray
Head of Scottish road policing


Is it for the best?

The message here is: there's a speed limit for a reason and thinking you can go over it by 'just a few' mph without it making a difference is not on. WIt's easy to make a mistake but we should be aware of how fast we're driving a tonne of metal. As for those who speed knowingly and willingly, it's about time they changed their attitude.

What do you reckon to the potential speeding crack-down? Is it worth it if it cuts crashes?

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .