Government Spending Cuts Cause UK Speed Camera Switch Off

Speed Camera Spending CutsLack of local funding means that speed cameras across the country are to be switched off according to a prediction by David Sparks, the leader of the Labour group on the Local Government Association.

As the Coalition Government’s spending cuts start to take effect, many local governments have little alternative but to pull the plug on speed cameras in their counties.

The spending cuts come at a time when many of the first generation film speed cameras, are nearing the end of their lives and need to be replaced with newer digital camera priced at around £40,000 each.

Last week Oxfordshire announced that they have stopped funding speed cameras, with Thurrock poised to pull out from the safety camera partnership with Essex in a bid to save the authority some £184,000.

“I think there is a real possibility that the pressure on council budgets will be so severe that even those councils that are in favour of speed cameras will pull out of partnerships for financial reasons.

“I think this is an example of spending cuts having an impact that had never been forecast,” Mr Sparks said.

David Jamieson, a road safety minister in the last Government who is now cabinet member with responsibility for transport at Solihull Council, predicted more partnerships would close.

“The new Government cut funding for new cameras at a time when the old ‘wet film’ ones need replacing.

“Also money used to be ploughed back into road safety, now it’s not,” Mr Jameson said. With the Treasury pocketing the cash, they had become a “real tax on the motorist.”

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