Speed camera, clamping firm and road-charging curbs
14 May 2010

The new transport minister, Philip Hammond, has pledged to end Labour's "war on motorists" by clamping down on speed cameras, clamping firms and plans for road charging.

Hammond said, "Motoring has got to get greener, but the car is not going to go away."

He also confirmed that the coalition government will halt funding to fixed-position speed cameras. Councils can still fund the cameras, but any money earned will go to the Treasury.

Hammond has also pledged to curb unlicensed clamping firms, and - in a move that is at odds with the Liberal Democrats' pre-election pledges - ruled out the introduction of road charging plans.

However, he refused to rule out charging tolls on new roads.

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14 May 2010

Doesn't sound substantial or visionary so far, more, we give with one hand and taketh away with the other.

14 May 2010

Happy with the speed camera thing. If the councils cant make money from something they are funding, they will hopefully get scrapped. YAY!

14 May 2010

Sounds promising. Now lets wait and see if it materialises or not.

14 May 2010

I actually don't hate speed cameras, but I do think they are not used for the purpose often claimed.

I know of a road where there has been multiple fatalities. It's basically a gap between 2 hamlets of houses. 30 MPH zone all the way, but it is tempting for people to race down it as there is nothing at all around for half a mile.

In the past they had this set to 40 MPH, which they deemed to be a safe speed for the road, but people bombed down it at 60+. After a rather nasty accident, where multiple people died (racing each other), they put it down to 30 MPH. They completely ignored the fact that the people who died were travelling in excess of 40 to begin with.

So, you now have the same stretch of road with the 30 limit, where people bomb down it at 60 still. Why not keep at 40 and just put a speed camera on it?

I think this is what annoys people about speed cameras. They seem to put them in places where there is no logical reason for them to be there, but don't use them where there is a real need.

14 May 2010

I have no problem with speed cameras. If you're stupid enough to ignore the sign telling you there is a camera ahead, miss the big yellow box on a stick at the side of the road and fail to notice what looks like a giant ruler drawn in white paint on the carriageway then tough. I have no problem with road charging either. What I do agree with is a crack down on clampers and the misleading/hidden "rules" which trap people into unknowingly committing a parking offence.

 

14 May 2010

[quote vengey] In the past they had this set to 40 MPH, which they deemed to be a safe speed for the road, but people bombed down it at 60+. After a rather nasty accident, where multiple people died (racing each other), they put it down to 30 MPH. They completely ignored the fact that the people who died were travelling in excess of 40 to begin with.[/quote] The accident was not caused due to speed but due to stupidity. Let's not get confused.

14 May 2010

Well done, Mr Hammond. A minister administering on reality, not dogma or lies.

All you 'Safety' Camera Partnerships persons, put down that burger, get off your fat arses, draw you P45s and prepare for inadequacy.

14 May 2010

Still waiting for a huge clampdown on the thousands of illegal vehicles on the roads, one very easy one to reduce the numbers of vehicles on the roads and raise a fortune in fines!!

14 May 2010

[quote Dan Marius]The accident was not caused due to speed but due to stupidity. Let's not get confused.[/quote]

Not at all confused. Perhaps you are?

Driving at 60 in a 40 MPH zone is dangerous.

Driving at 60 in a 30 MPH zone is dangerous.

Speed camera in a 40 MPH zone is going to discourage people from breaking the speed limit. Just a small situation where a speed camera would have a positive impact, as there has been more than one fatal accident on that stretch.

Sometimes stupidity needs to be stopped by a camera. However, the Police and Government have long focussed too much on speed and ignored other forms of dangerous driving.

14 May 2010

Great start to a promising coalition, now all we need to do is ban vans from the outside lane of motorways, tax caravans and issue foreign registered vehicles with a permit to travel on UK roads everytime they visit this country say £25 for cars, £50 for vans and £100 for lorries.

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