West Yorkshire mayor Tracy Brabin hints at tougher approach to speeding across region

West Yorkshire's metro mayor has said she sympathises with communities who are "at the end of their tether" over speeding.

Tracy Brabin said she recognised people were often frustrated in their efforts to get measures put in place on roads where speeding is thought to be a problem.

Councillors from across the region have frequently complained in recent years about the difficulties of getting speed limits lowered and enforcing them.

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A common gripe is the system's reliance on data, meaning accidents and deaths often have to occur before action is taken, even if it's considered a dangerous road beforehand.

Mayor Brabin said she understood people's concerns around speeding.
Mayor Brabin said she understood people's concerns around speeding.

Mayor Brabin, who oversees policing as part of her role, indicated at a police and crime panel meeting on Friday that speeding was among her priorities.

Asked if she would combine her plan to tackle crime with her transport plans to address the issue, she said: "That's a brilliant suggestion and something we will go away and work on.

"I know there are schemes in place to try to reduce speeding around schools and around hotspots.

"It's very difficult for communities when they have to wait for an unfortunate fatality to get schemes in place.

"Many of these schemes are driven by people who are at the end of their tether.

"So I take on board what's being said about this."

Local Democracy Reporting Service