Since the lockdown, traffic levels have been at a much reduced level. Webfleet Solutions, the tracking and telematics provider, published the activity levels across their customer fleet which showed over a 40% drop at the end of March, and may well be lower now.
Private traffic has seen an even more dramatic reduction as people have heeded the government’s request to stay home in order to protect the NHS. Where previous the split of private/commercial traffic was around 75/25, it is now much closer to 50/50.
This lowering of traffic levels has led to a significant increase in speeds and reckless driving. Many of us may have noticed this ourselves.
Every time I go out for my one bit of exercise each day to walk the dog I see some Covidiot tearing around the neighbourhood.
Road Safety Support is an organisation that supports the police in driver prosecutions, and they said on Twitter (@road_ss) that Police forces across the UK have reported an increase in excessive speeding due to lower traffic levels.
Supt Andy Cox (@SuptAndyCox) of the Met Police also tweeted about 4 drivers they’d stopped at well over 100mph in one afternoon on the A13. This is a consistent theme day after day and the police are adamant they will deal with these offences.
I think it’s therefore essential to reinforce to any drivers still operating, that driving standards need to be maintained at the current time.