Community Speed Watch
Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a scheme to help people
reduce traffic speeding through their neighbourhood.
Excessive speed through neighbourhoods is one of the most common
issues raised with Councillors and has an impact not only on road
safety but on the quality of life for those residents that endure
The scheme enables volunteers to work within their community to
raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the
The scheme is supported by Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire
Police, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Bedford and
District Neighbourhood Watch.
Community Speed Watch can be set up in any ward, village or
parish governed by a 20*, 30 or 40 miles per hour speed
*Speed Watch Operations to ACPO limits in 20 MPH zones for
the purpose of generating letters are not to be undertaken unless
agreed by the police service lead.
Community Speed Watch seeks to promote safer driving in our
local communities by educating rather than prosecuting individuals.
Data collected by Community Speed Watch groups will be passed to
Bedfordshire Police who may undertake speed checks and result in
drivers being prosecuted.
Community Speed Watch requires a group of at least 2 trained
volunteers to operate.
Having registered as a volunteer you will be offered a training
course run by Bedfordshire Police. To ensure consistency of
operations and enduring roadside safety, all volunteers will have
to undergo some formal training either with Police or a suitably
Police-approved trainer. You will then be asked to sign a volunteer
When a group decide to run a Community Speed Watch session
they will contact their designated point of contact to
deliver the equipment.
The volunteers will then run the session noting the date, time,
colour, make, model and registration number of any vehicles
exceeding the speed limit. When the the equipment is collected,
these records will be passed to the person
collecting, who will then arrange for the details to be
checked and the process for identifying the registered keeper of
the vehicle to be written to started, informing them that the
vehicle was detected exceeding the speed limit, giving the
location, date and time. Persistent speeders will receive a second
letter but on the third occasion they can expect further action to
be taken by the Police.
Information showing the number of Community Speed Watch
operations along with other speed monitoring and enforcement
activities across Bedfordshire will be posted on the
Bedfordshire Police website . (Opens in a new window)
Frequently asked questions;
I am interested in becoming a Community Speed Watch
volunteer in my area, but I do not know anyone else locally who is
also interested can I still register?
Yes, when you have registered you will be offered training and
asked if it is ok to share your contact details with other
volunteers who live locally, then you can contact each other to
arrange suitable times and locations to run Speed Watch
I am interested in Community Speed Watch
and am willing to help in areas outside my local area. Is that
Yes, some areas may not have enough registered and trained
volunteers and they may your welcome help.
How do I register my interest and who holds my
Initially we ask everyone to download the Speed watch Volunteer
registration pack by clicking on the link below
Once completed and returned to the Bedfordshire Police traffic
management team you will be contacted with the offer of a
training date. Your details will be held with Bedfordshire
Police and shared with Bedford Borough Council . To
enable volunteers to contact each other to arrange Speed Watch
sessions we ask volunteers to let us know what they are willing to
share with other volunteers- an email address or telephone number
Interested? Register now-
The CSW Guidelines and Registration pack is available to
download here . (Opens
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Request a paper version of the registration form- please call
The CSW Road side recording form is available to down load
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The process for conducting a CSW check is detailed here.
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For more information please visit http://www.drivesafely.org/community-speed-watch-545/
Questions about the scheme?- please call 01234 846832 or email
Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team