Official Sites
A few councils now publish their own notices on the web: NB Many councils have adopted a 'content management system' that frequently changes URLs without notice. These nuisances can usually be identified by absurdly long URLs. If you get a 'page not found' error, try using their search engine — sorry but we are not responsible for the inability of some councils to organise their websites properly.
 
As far as we are aware, these are the only Local Authorities that bother to publish speed limit notices on their website. If you know of any others please contact the webmaster.
 
If you find your local authority has not published a speed limit reduction notice on its website, please complain about that as well as the speed limit. Only by constant public pressure can we force them to be properly accountable to the public.
 
Gazettes
Official Notices may also be found in the Gazettes: Twitter
Follow our automated relays of Road Traffic Act Notices on Twitter:
  • RTAN_London (includes notices from the London Gazette which covers London Boroughs, and trunk roads in England & Wales)
  • ABD_Scotland (includes notices from the Edinburgh Gazette which covers Scotland)
  • NIRoadsNotices (includes notices from the Belfast Gazette which covers Northern Ireland)
Your local council may be on Twitter too, though whether they bother to tweet public notices is another matter.
Speed Limit Notices are one of the ways local authorities can revise the speed limit on a road. These Notices are like planning proposals — you can object to them if you believe the new limit will be inappropriate.
 
Local authorities are legally obliged to advertise such notices, but the law is archaic. Councils are only required to advertise in newspapers. These tend to be small notices, closely typed in legalese English, in the depths of the local paper, or obscure Gazettes. They may also put A4 notices on posts along the route. A4 notices are the size of a standard sheet of writing paper and are thus impossible for drivers to see. They are often placed where it is impossible for drivers to stop safely.
 
Most councils thus make little or no attempt to properly advise people who drive along the road of the proposed reductions. They certainly display little or no initiative about using more modern and effective means of communication. This leads to the accusation that they don't want people to object.
 
The ABD wants to see a law that forces councils to place large notices alongside any road where a speed limit reduction is proposed such that the sign can be easily seen by drivers without stopping. Where appropriate, the signs should indicate where to obtain further information, such as a URL and/or phone number.
 
Councils should also be forced by law to publish all such notices on their website, and to make use of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, which incur no running costs at all. There is absolutely no excuse in this day and age for not doing so.

Speed Limit
Reduction
Proposed

01632–546487
www.honest.gov.uk
  The ABD wants to see signs like this placed on roads where any speed limit reduction is proposed.
Generic content such as this would enable the signs to be re-used throughout the county to minimize cost.
So far such signs have been reported in use by: Buckinghamshire and Solihull.
Well done to them.

As it is, few people even know about the reduction until the new limit has been imposed — by which time it is too late to object.
 
Many of the new speed limits being imposed these days are too low for the roads, leading to traffic bunching, drivers attempting unsafe overtakes and, ultimately, complete lack of respect for ALL speed limits.
 
 
Drivers — you CAN object:
If you spot a Speed Limit Notice in your local paper, or on a piece of A4 paper attached to a lamppost, please send us details.
If you wish to object to any planned reduction, please refer to our document:
 Speed Limits — How they are set and your Right to Object
When you object to a new speed limit, it is VITAL that you use your own words, and that you don't simply copy the example letter on the ABD site.
 
Too Late?
If you find that a speed limit has been imposed on a road you frequent, and you had no prior knowledge, please complain to the council and ask them why they did not make more attempt to consult drivers who use the road. They will undoubtedly fob you off with what the law requires, but complain anyway and demand they do the job properly in future (see our sign above). Also write to the local press protesting at the lack of adequate public consultation.