THE PROLIFERATION of speed cameras looks like it’s coming to an end – by 2007 the Government will make local authorities spend the money raised from camera fines on road safety measures, such as better road signs and new junctions, rather than more cameras.
Transport secretary Alistair Darling announced the move last week while launching a Government-commissioned report on the effectiveness of cameras. Previously money raised from camera fines has only been spent on more cameras.‘I want cameras to be linked more closely to wider road safety,’ said Darling.
The Department for Transport will also make up to £110m available for road safety improvements. Cameras will be made more obvious, with better signs that make it clear what the speed limit is. Darling also said that local authorities will be required to review speed limits on all A- and B-roads by 2011.
The report concluded that speed cameras are still effective, and have reduced deaths and injuries by 1745 incidents per year.