Recently uncovered figures show that 2169 people have been caught speeding at more than 100mph over the last two years in the UK
Jimi Beckwith
25 February 2016

More than 2000 motorists were caught driving at more than 100mph in 2014/15, according to statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The figures reveal that a total of 2169 motorists were caught driving at more than 100mph, with the fastest offender having been caught at 156mph in Cambridgeshire.

The figures were obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live, who contacted 45 police forces with FOI requests. Of the 45 contacted, 41 responded with information.

Guidelines set out by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) state that where the speed limit is 70mph, a summons will be issued if the driver is caught doing more than 96mph. Punishment is at the discretion of the police and courts, but instant driving disqualification is the most used penalty in these circumstances.

Paul Watters, Head of Roads and Transport Policy at the AA, told Autocar: “Any extra speed makes a crash worse, with the risk of death increasing as speed increases. This number is too high, but it’s obvious that there’s an irresponsible minority who spoil things for other motorists, by putting lives at risk.”

He added: “Other than managed motorways, there’s not a huge amount of speed enforcement on motorways. The important thing is that these people suffer the consequences, with income-linked fines and driving bans, but ultimately we need more enforcement, with the recent decline in traffic police numbers.

Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, agreed: “This is a small minority, but the number is too high and driving at these speeds on public roads is highly irresponsible.”

Addressing the common excuse that the drivers of the cars didn’t realise the speed they were travelling at, Greig said: “Even the most modern, quiet car is not an excuse to be driving at these speeds. The good news is that these people are being caught, but the number is still too high.”

“This isn’t a crime that’s restricted to high-end cars; as cars get more advanced they get safer and brakes are more effective, so high-end car drivers can’t be blamed over any other drivers – it’s down to the choices made by the driver.”

“An area which could be improved is the speed awareness course – this new information suggests that there is a need for excessive speeding awareness courses, as fines often aren’t deterrent enough.”

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25 February 2016
Firstly, I'm surprized the figure is only around 2000 I would have guessed a lot higher. Secondary, how do some people not get driving bans, if the BBC had done a more thorough job it should have found out how the rich and famous get away without driving bans, sometimes.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

25 February 2016
2196 in 2014/2015? If that was 2000 a week it would be more representative. I reckon about 5 cars an hour pass me at over 100mph whenever I am on the motorway.

25 February 2016
The number sounds about right for numbers caught, not actually driving generally over 100mph. Given traffic police numbers have fallen by a third in 5 years the guy from the AA is right, there is very little threat of being caught other than on a managed motorway.

It's a shame the BBC couldn't pull any figures relating to drivers caught for being aggresive aresholes.

25 February 2016
The BBC are very busy at the moment cleaning out their Pedophile closet especially if it links to MP's or Royals. It would have been good if they could have linked all this excessive speeding to an increase in accidents or fatalities but that I suspect would have led the opposite conclusion. So the motorist are left paying more fines for simply triggering one of the ever increasing number of tax revenue scams on the highway. Meanwhile trains get faster (no problem) & aircraft get larger (ditto) while the motorist is left driving under legislation more suitable for the 50's.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

26 February 2016
Comparing apples and oranges there. Trains and planes don't drive at high speeds in close proximity to other traffic. Would you agree for pilot and train driver levels of training and, CPD and penalties for drivers who want to drive at high speed?

Accidents never ever have a single cause ( I investigate accidents for a living ) so it's impossible to link accidents exclusively to speed. That said any road traffic officers I have discussed this tell me that excess speed was a factor in pretty much every collision they investigated.

I have no doubt that there have been revenue raising attempts made with speeding but really that's a tax on stupidity.

26 February 2016
Then how do you explain collisions between trains, trains & cars at level crossings or near misses between aircraft ? What is speeding anyway, as soon as you start moving your travelling at a given speed, like most people here I don't think driving above the speed limit is stupid, I just think the limit should be higher as cars have moved on. As for accidents they can happen at walking pace or any speed so of course speed is a factor in all collisions because you can't not be moving while colliding.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

25 February 2016
interesting that it has taken so long to publish this data. Perhaps it would be more pertinent if it was published in more context. Was speed in excess of 100mph a major contribution to road accidents or, as I suspect, unrelated facts have been conjoined to create a campaignable story.
The BBC Radio 4 story went on to suggest that performance cars should only be allowed on the race track.
All of this might have a bit of an impact on the resurgence of UK Autos PLC!

25 February 2016
Having listened to this on the radio today, I have a few questions 1: wonder how many of that 2000 were caught in an area with average speed cameras? 2: People who think it's OK to speed always cite German autobahns as an example of why they should be able to drive at 100mph. Nobody ever mentions that it's only certain sections of Autobahn where the speed is unresrticted, and nobody ever mentions that 99.99% of every other road in the world has a speed limit. 3: If as they say we should follow other countries, why not follow the USA where the speed limit is SLOWER than the UK?

26 February 2016
2000 drivers caught speeding, many more will have been driving at 100mph. Where's the correlation to accidents? Or is the link between speeding and accidents bogus? That there are roads and times where you can safely do 150mph?

26 February 2016
I'm a car enthusiast and enjoy driving, providing the traffic and weather conditions allow (ie not foggy/raining and a quiet stretch of motorway), I see nothing wrong with it at all.

The 70 mph limit was introduced back in the 60's and is far too low for todays modern cars with improved safety features.

In Germany with de-restricted Autobahns it is proven that speed does not necessarily lead to an increase in accidents, the problem is when people are not concentrating and driving according to the conditions, I apply the common sense approach, of cause you will always get a few idiots driving dangerously which spoils it for the majority.

When you are stuck in traffic jams and so called traffic calming zones (I call them traffic congestion) it's nice to 'open her up a bit' on a nice stretch of road.


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