Motorists Demand Action Over Unfair A20 Speeding Fines

Motorists Demand Action Over Unfair A20 Speeding Fines

Motorists Call for Action Over Excessive A20 Speeding Fines

A petition has been launched after thousands of motorists were hit with “incredibly harsh” speeding fines on the A20 Sidcup Road near the Swanley Interchange.

The speed limit on this stretch of road has been temporarily reduced from 70mph and 50mph to 40mph due to safety concerns over surface water flooding. However, many drivers were unaware of this change and have received numerous fines dating back to October.

The Metropolitan police have issued over 60,000 notices of intended prosecution (NIPs) to drivers, causing frustration and confusion among those affected. Some drivers are even considering taking legal action to challenge the fines.

According to the police, the new speed limit was introduced in October, but fines were not issued until the end of December. Many drivers claim they were unaware of the temporary change due to a lack of communication and inadequate signage.

One driver pointed out conflicting signs, with at least one erroneous 50mph marker still up as of January 24. The misleading sign, believed to be installed by a third party, has since been removed and replaced with the correct 40mph one. The police are currently investigating this as an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

The excessive fines have caused outrage among motorists, with many calling for them to be revoked. A petition has been set up to gather support and has already amassed almost 1,500 signatures.

However, the Metropolitan police have confirmed they have no plans to revoke the fines and any appeals would need to be challenged in court. The police say they have taken legal advice and determined that the location of the 50mph sign would not have impacted the average speed limit.

Road traffic solicitors have been advising drivers who have received fines. They claim the police are preparing their cases that the new speed limit is legal, clearly signposted, and adequate. However, many drivers disagree and believe the fines are unjust.

Kent MPs have also raised their concerns about the excessive fines with the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL). They have received numerous complaints from drivers who were unaware of the speed limit change and have been issued fines for travelling at speeds less than 50mph.

TfL says the reduced speed limit was introduced as an emergency measure due to safety concerns over surface water flooding. They claim to have installed sufficient signage to reflect the new limit, but a third party had installed an incorrect 50mph sign. This has since been corrected.

The transport body is currently working on permanent measures to tackle the flooding issue, but construction is not expected to begin until May. Until then, the reduced speed limit will remain in place.

Drivers who have received fines have a few options. They can challenge the fine in court, but if they lose the case, they risk receiving penalty points and fines totaling over £1,000. Alternatively, they can accept the penalty and pay the fine. However, this could result in increased insurance premiums.

The excessive fines and lack of communication have caused frustration and confusion among motorists. Many are calling for action to be taken to address these issues and prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

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