Reporting speeding concerns

Complete a speed concern report form on the North Yorkshire Police website to request an investigation of your concerns about speeding in York.

Speed review process

  • North Yorkshire Police will send an acknowledgement email to your speed concern report form
  • the investigation will examine accident records and traffic speeds on the road of concern
  • the investigation will determine what, if any, action should be taken
  • when our investigations are complete you'll be informed of any conclusions

Please note that the speed review process only looks at concerns about the existing posted speed limit. Requests for a change of speed limit are looked at via a different process.

Speed review investigations

Since October 2015, this process has been administered and managed by North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau. North Yorkshire Police Community Speed Watch has regularly updated information regarding speed review investigations across North Yorkshire and York ('SMP report').

In association with the Speed Management Protocol, North Yorkshire Police now also run a Community Speed Watch scheme. If you would like to join in a Community Speed Watch action group near you, please email CommunitySpeedWatch@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

See summaries of sites reviewed and reported on for historic speed review sites from 2009-2015, or get further details from minutes of the relevant council meeting.


Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about speed investigations

  1. Can I email my speeding concerns?
  2. How long will the speed investigation process take?
  3. If we send multiples copies of forms or a petition, will this help our cause?
  4. What are the criteria used to assess speeding complaints?
  5. How are sites compared, and what are the likely conclusions of an investigation?
  6. What is the Community SID (Speed Indicating Device) Scheme?
  7. How do I request to have a speed camera on my street?
  8. My location has already been investigated. Can you look at it again

1. Can I email my speeding concerns?

No. We ask that you complete speeding concern online form, filling in as many of the details as possible, as this will help officers to focus their limited resources at the right issues. As each of the organisations in the partnership use different computer systems, this online form currently remains the most efficient way to share the information within the partnership.

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2. How long will the speed investigation process take?

The time an investigation takes can vary, depending on the number of other investigations on going at that time. It also depends on the site and whether relevant data has already been collected. Due to the very limited staff resources we have available, it can take between 6 and 12 months for investigations to be concluded.

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3. If we send multiples copies of forms or a petition, will this help our cause?

No. Only one form is required to trigger an investigation. Sending multiple copies of the same complaint complicates the administrative process and will often lengthen the amount of time it takes to look at all the issues. However everyone who submits a form will get an acknowledgement and will receive feedback from the investigation process. Sites are prioritised using the findings of each investigation, with priority always being given to those sites which have a history of speed related casualties.

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4. What are the criteria used to assess speeding complaints?

We work to the criteria agreed by council members in October 2006, which is based on the national criteria (DfT Circular 01/2006, and ACPO Association of Chief Police Officers national guidance and enforcement).

Download information on the criteria used to assess speeding complaints, which is also included with the yearly report.

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5. How are sites compared, and what are the likely conclusions of an investigation?

These details are fully addressed within the criteria.

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6. What is the Community SID (Speed Indicating Device) Scheme?

See details about Speed Indicating Devices (SID).

If you think you have a speed issue on your street that SID could help with, you can download a Speed Concern Report Form.

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7. How do I request to have a speed camera on my street?

Demand for action to reduce speeds on residential streets in York is high. Police enforcement using the safety camera van is one of a range of tools available, which may or may not be appropriate for use at a given site, depending on the outcome of any investigation under the speed review process.Placement of the camera van is entirely at the discretion of North Yorkshire Police, whose current policy is that all requests must processed through the speed review process.

You can see locations and data related to the camera van.

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8. My location has already been investigated. Can you look at it again?

Because of the time and costs associated with investigating speeding complaints at a given location, we would not normally consider a second investigation at the same location within 3 years unless it becomes evident that the situation at that location has changed substantially since the original investigation.

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