George Ferguson, the mayor of Bristol who spearheaded a £2.3m project to implement 20mph zones across his city has been caught speeding doing 35mph in a 30mph zone
Ferguson, who usually drives an electric-powered car or rides a
bicycle, was behind the wheel of a Bristol city council fleet car at the
time. He was clocked speeding on the A4 Portway road by Avon and
In a statement issued through the council, Ferguson described the
offence as an inexcusable mistake and said he would be paying the £100
“I am shocked to have just discovered I exceeded the speed limit on
the Portway last month ... on one of the rare occasions when I have had
to use a council fleet car.
“It serves as a sharp warning to me and goes to show that I am no
exception to the rule. I am only too aware of the dangers of exceeding
speed limits and commend the Avon and Somerset police for their
“I have blemished an otherwise clean licence and shall be paying the penalty charge willingly from my own pocket.”
Ferguson became Bristol’s first directly elected major in 2012 and is an advocate of a 20mph pilot scheme run by the council.
The council voted in July 2012 to bring in the 20mph speed limit
throughout Bristol in a six-phase scheme costing £2.3m. All roads except
dual carriageways, 40mph and 50mph roads are considered for the 20mph
speed limit, which applies to all motorised vehicles on the road.
Speaking at the time of the rollout, Ferguson said: “The new speed
limit is part of a number of measures that we are introducing that will
help to promote road safety, improve traffic flow, support sustainable
transport and active travel and help to make Bristol a more positive
place to live and work.
“We realise that the change in speed limit will take a little getting
used to but I know from my own experience how little impact the
reduction in speed will have on journey times.”