Decision details

Notice of Motion to review and update Policy PS05/02 Local Speed Limits

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider and respond to the Notice of Motion submitted calling on the County Council:

1.    To request the Lead Member for Transport to demonstrate that PS05/02 and its operational implementation is fully in line with the Circular 01/2013 with a full audit of speed limit assessments completed in the last 2 years.

2.    To request that the Lead Member shares the results of this audit with Full Council within two months.

3.    That PS05/02 be reviewed within the next two months and be presented to Full Council to ensure it is fully in line with all aspects of Circular 01/2013

4.    That community and resident experience, quality of life and fear of speeds are included as explicit criteria in PS05/02 as clearly indicated in Circular 01/2013.


19.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.




19.2     The Lead Member RESOLVED to recommend that the County Council rejects the Motion.




19.3     East Sussex County Council is committed to working with all stakeholders to improve road safety across East Sussex, including our partners on the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.


19.4     Speed limit policy PS05/02 is based on national guidance issued by the Department for Transport, best practice, local experience, the views of Sussex Police as the appropriate enforcement authority, and is reflective of what is required to produce an effective speed limit. The policy will continue to be reviewed regularly to ensure that it complies with the latest national guidance available.


19.5     The policy is not prescriptive and allows for lower speed limits to be considered for those locations deemed appropriate if the necessary traffic management or engineering measures are implemented to ensure compliance.


19.6     Following receipt of the Notice of Motion, a review was undertaken of the relevant national guidance issued by The Department for Transport (including Circular 01/2013 and the January 2022 revisions to the Highway Code) and this concluded that adopted Policy PS05/02 continues to reflect national guidance and best practice and has been found to be fit for purpose. Therefore, it is not recommended that valuable resources are diverted to undertake the review requested by the Notice of Motion.


19.7     The new Speed Limit Programme will assess the potential for lower speed limits across all A and B class roads within the County and identify a programme for improvements. Over the next three years, more than 25 stretches of road will benefit from speed limit reductions or measures that will increase the effectiveness of existing speed limits.

Report author: Brian Banks

Publication date: 26/06/2023

Date of decision: 26/06/2023

Decided at meeting: 26/06/2023 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Effective from: 01/07/2023

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