Speed Bumps & Traffic Calming

What is the purpose of speed bumps?

Speed Bumps are designed to slow down vehicles and increase safety within pedestrian zones.

What is the legal height of speed bumps?

The recommended height varies depending on your location (country) and the type of road. In the UK on public roads the minimum height is 25mm, and they must be no more than 100mm high. 

What regulations are in place regarding speed bumps? 

The Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 outline rules around road humps and traffic signs

Do speed bumps work?

Speed bumps have been proven to reduce speed in many locations, and improve the road safety of neighbourhoods. 

Do speed bumps damage cars?

Cars and vehicles with low ground clearance need to be especially careful when going over speed bumps. As long as the driver is driving at the recommended speed the car should not be damaged by the speed bump. 

How much is a speed bump? 

You can view our current prices on the speed bump product pages. Prices include fixings and a free drill bit. Delivery is free in mainland UK. 

Does The Ramp People install speed bumps?

We do not install speed bumps however we do provide fixings for tarmac and concrete within the price, along with a free drill bit. The speed bumps can easily be installed by a handyman or builder, our speed bump installation guide can be viewed here.

Do you need planning permission for speed bumps? 

You will need to check with the land owner, or local council, prior to installing speed bumps as you will be drilling the fixings into their land. 

What length of speed bump do I need?

This does depend on the road you are installing these on. You will need to measure the width of the road. We recommend leaving some space between the speed bump and pavement to allow pedestrians and cyclists to pass safely. Some opt to have one long speed bump across the road whilst others have 2 speed bumps, one on each side of the road and a gap in the middle, it is personal preference. 

What capacity do the speed bumps take? 

Our heavy duty speed bumps have a capacity of 60,000kg and therefore are recommended for areas with trucks, lorries and vans passing through. If you are installing speed bumps in an area where only cars pass through, our 50mm and 75mm speed bumps will be suitable as these have a 20,000kg capacity. 

Are speed bumps safe?

Speed bumps increase safety but you should take measures to ensure the road user is aware of the speed bumps to prevent any damage to the cars. For example, clear signage is required so road users are aware that the road has speed bumps. Reflectors and chevrons on the speed bump help ensure the user is able to see them. It is also import to check government legislation around how to install them, for example road humps should not be located too close to zebra crossings or corners. 

Do you provide all black or yellow speed bumps? 

The 50mm and 75mm speed bump kits can be provided in all yellow or all black subject to availability. Please contact our team if you require this. Please note the 60mm speed bumps are painted black and yellow so cannot be provided in a single colour. 

Do you sell middle sections or end caps separately? 

Yes, if required you can simply purchase the middle sections of the speed bumps or end caps. These are not currently listed separately on our website so please contact our team for a quote. 

Do you need speed bump warning signs? 

The Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1996 state you must provide the appropriate warning signs as per the Traffic Signs Regulations on roads where there are speed bumps to ensure safety of road users is maintained. We provide a range of CE-marked and compliant speed bump signs which confirm to European standards and meet the requirements of BS EN 12899-1:2007 Class RA1. The speed bump signs can be wall or post mounted depending on your requirements. They are provided in high-colour contracts to ensure visibility.

How do you secure the speed bump signs in place? 

We offer wall-mounted speed bump signs and post-mounted signs. The wall-mounted signs have pre-drilled holes to allow you to fix the signs to the wall. The post-mounted signs come with a clip to allow you to secure the sign to the pole.

What are flow plates? 

Flow plates help to manage the flow of traffic and increase road safety. They come in various styles, for example including spikes to ensure traffic can only travel one way, they are often used within industrial estates and car parks to improve safety and security. 

How do you install flow plates? 

Our flow plates are provided with fixings for tarmac and concrete and a drill bit. The layout of flow plates can vary depending on personal preference. 

Flow plates should not be used in areas with pedestrian traffic and should be used in conjunction with speed bumps or other traffic calming products including speed bump warning signs.  It is important that flow plates are driven over in a straight line, cars should not approach or drive over the flow plates at an angle. 

What are speed cushions?

Speed cushions are larger than speed bumps in general and are more suitable for larger vehicles, our speed cushions can be viewed here. The maximum speed for speed bumps is 6mph. Our speed cushions are available in all black or all red. 


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