There’s a report in the Times today highlighting a big fall in the number of speed camera penalties. It appears that the Police and local authorities are now disinterested in road safety following the ruling that they can’t keep the proceeds from speed fines and more and more camera housings are being left empty.
Well there you have it;
Revenue producing = cameras essential to road safety.
Non revenue producing = useless heaps of junk.
Who’d have thought that, eh. Here’s a snip from the Times story and I’m off out for a blast.
There was a big fall in the number of speed-camera penalties after police and local authorities lost the right to keep the proceeds.
The drop came in the same year that road deaths fell to their lowest level since records began, undermining claims that an increase in cameras improves road safety.
In 2007, 1.26 million fixed penalties were issued – down 370,000, or 23 per cent, on the previous year. Over the same period, road deaths fell below 3,000 for the first time, down 226 to 2,946. Until April 1, 2007, camera partnerships operated by police and local authorities were allowed to keep a proportion of fines to pay for more cameras. Since then, they have received a fixed amount for all aspects of road safety.
The drop in fines suggests that police chiefs decided to put fewer resources into speed enforcement when they stopped being able to recover the costs of installing and operating cameras. Many camera housings are being left empty and some forces have reduced their use of camera vans.