24/02/2004

London to see speed camera policy thrown into reverse

One third of London's 400 speed cameras may eventually be replaced with high-tech smart signs that will warn motorists when they are driving too fast.

The move follows criticism of speed cameras which Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens said were aimed at raising fine revenues rather than reducing incidents at accident blackspots.

Some cameras have been vandalised as the trend towards more and more speed cameras on the nation's roads have led to claims that many are not located at key points where they may reduce accidents, but rather at places where motorists may be detected exceeding the speed limit.

Commenting on the Metropolitan Commissioner’s decision to cutback on speed cameras, the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Damian Green, said: "I'm delighted that the Metropolitan Commissioner has responded so quickly and sensibly to the misuse of speed cameras.

"Conservatives think they should only be used for road safety, not as a silent tax collector for Gordon Brown. Today's announcement increases the urgent need for a national audit of every speed camera to ensure that they are only used to promote road safety."

(SP)

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