Figures released by the Department of Transport (DfT) show speeding offences on UK roads peaked in 2016, reaching levels last seen in 2005, marking the fifth year of consecutive growth in speeding offences.

In 2016, the number of prosecutions for speeding offences peaked at 2.1million, a rise of more than 30% compared to 2011 figures - when figures began rising after six years of year-on-year decreases from 2005-2010. At it's the lowest point, in 2010, just 1.1 million speeding offences resulted in prosecution.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, says: “While some of the increase in the volume of speeding offences has been caused by a change in reporting methods – with those attending driver awareness courses which have been shown to reduce reoffending now included – there is no doubt that speeding remains a major safety concern." 

According to the DfT's figures, 5,899 drivers in England and Wales were found over the speed limit every day in 2016, meaning the total number of drivers issued with a penalty charge notice (PCN) for speeding rose by 28,000 year-on-year. Jason Wakeford of Brake added "Last year, excess speed contributed to almost a quarter of all fatal crashes and urgent action is needed."

Whilst speeding offences were on the rise in 2016, other types of vehicle-related crime fell to, including the number of drivers recorded for dangerous, careless and drunk driving - which fell to its lowest since DfT records began: a total of 179,000 compared to 190,000 in 2015.

Number of UK speeding offences at an 11 year high