A chief constable who sparked a backlash after he appeared to call for drivers to be penalised for going 1mph over the limit has said it was a “misunderstanding”.
Anthony Bangham of West Mercia Police appeared to suggest ending the 10% “buffer” over speed limits while speaking at the Police Federation Roads Policing Conference last month.
But in a National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) blog he said the comments he made have led to a perception that the police are going to be “pursuing and prosecuting drivers just 1mph over the speed limit”.
“That is not the case and was never advocated – and I now need to clear up the misunderstanding,” he wrote in the post published on Sunday.
With concern amongst those at the conference over an increase in the deaths and injuries, he said he was asked about speed limits and the so-called “buffer zone”.