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May I confirm that the section of road you were travelling on was subject to national speed limit please as opposed to a specified speed limit indicated by the limit within a red circle?
Thank you. The relevant law imposing speed limits is the somewhat aptly named "70 miles per hour, 60 miles per hour and 50 miles per hour (Temporary Speed Limit) Order 1977" which was made permanent by the The 70 miles per hour, 60 miles per hour and 50 miles per hour (Temporary Speed Limit) (Continuation) Order 1978
The former curiously does not appear to be available on the governments legislation website - at least not that I can see but I attach it for your ease of reference. The latter can be found here:
The orders provide that a speed limit of 60 miles per hour will apply for lengths of single carriage road not otherwise signposted with a lower speed (which can be imposed by local authorities) except for certain specified roads set out in schedule 1 of the Order.
I assume (though have not confirmed that in practiced these specified roads are signposted though I also assume that not of the specified roads are the road in question.
This is one of the roads specified in the order as being 50 mph?
So to be clear it is 60 mph on a single carriage road not otherwise specified unless the road is one listed in schedule 1.
I confess I do not know if the roads listed on schedule 1 are specifically signposted as lower. Strictly speaking they do not have to be but I would find it extraordinary if they were not as I suspect there is barely a person in the country that would have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the contents of that order. In deed I imagine only a fairly small minority would even know of the order specifically.
I would tend to agree that that section of road carries a 60 mph limit. He will have to identify the driver if he knows who it is within 28 days or this is an offence in itself - responding to the NIP is not an admission of guilt. He will then likely receive an offer of a fixed penalty notice or speed awareness course. At this point he may want to consider entering a defence if he does not consider that he was speeding. In the meantime he may wish to contact the police station and ask them for evidence of the speed limit on that road as you understand it is 60 mph. The local authority may also be able to confirm on this point
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