Over half of 192 commercial vehicles clocked driving through Haddenham, Earith and Colne were speeding says haulier after road watch sessions

Mick George 20mph speed limit signs go up in Somersham

Mick George 20mph speed limit signs go up in Somersham - Credit: Archant

More than half of commercial vehicles travelling through three local villages were speeding with some offenders recorded at 53mph in 30mph limit.

That was the ‘staggering’ results found following four one hour Community Road Watch sessions sponsored by haulier Mick George in Haddenham, Earith and Colne.

In total 192 commercial vehicles passed through the villages with over 51 per cent breaching the speed limit.

Of those in excess of the legal speed restrictions, an average speed of 36mph was recorded. But some offenders were clocked at 53mph.

Bluntisham’s High Street was the worst in relation to commercial vehicle traffic and for highest speeds of all the roads observed over the four sessions.

Mick George Ltd has already made a ‘Commitment to Safer Roads’ initiative and has banned its vehicles from routes through villages and has also imposed a 20mph limit on its fleet through high risk areas.

The firm has also produced advisory 20mph signage to be installed prominently throughout one of the villages for all hauliers to adhere to.

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The business is hoping to extend the campaign in to more villages in and around the counties in which they operate.

Joe Gossage, Transport Manager at Mick George Ltd said: “The fact that 51 per cent of commercial vehicles were recorded in excess of the speed limit highlights exactly why we’re driving this programme. Businesses have a responsibility to ensure the safety of local communities.

“It was pleasing to see that the figures revealed Mick George Ltd complied with the legal speed restrictions, showing that a number of initiatives including the substantial investment we have made in brand new GPS tracking within the vehicles is making a difference. And let’s not forget all the hard work that our drivers are putting in to help make the roads in our communities a safer place.”