Warning: Speed cameras are here to stay

Shropshire Council will keep static and mobile speed traps, despite new government cutbacks

Posted: 27 July 2010
by Visordown News

SPEED CAMERAS are here to stay. That's the message being sent out by Shropshire Council's Road Safety Partership following the announcement the Government are to slash road safety funding.

Visordown reported the news this week that speed cameras around the UK are facing the axe from new Government legislation, which will see budgets slashed in cost-cutting measures.

However, transport chiefs at Shropshire Council say contingency plans are in place to keep fixed and mobile cameras, despite the drop in funding.

Safer Roads Partnership manager Rod Reynolds told the Shropshire Star newspaper: “We have made proportionate savings to our budget within this financial year in line with the reductions faced by our funding partners.

“The savings we have made will not have an impact on our front line operations in terms of enforcement activity and have been focused on a range of back office functions and improving operational efficiency.

“Importantly, we are continuing the valuable work with partners to deliver road safety awareness campaigns, training and education programmes.”

Mr Reynolds went on to confirm the Partnership will concentrate more on mobile speed enforcement, in the shape of speed camera vans.

He said: “We will now be contributing £425,000 to the Safer Roads Partnership to undertake, in the main, mobile camera speed enforcement, with some fixed cameras, and road safety publicity and training activities.”

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It won't be long. Shropshire may keep them for 12 months or so but eventually they won't have the resources to maintain them. I for one know that the film used in the fixed cameras is about to be discontinued by the manufacturer.

Posted: 27/07/2010 at 23:25

We just need to avoid the cash genorating machines for a bit more

Posted: 30/07/2010 at 17:43

I live in Shropshire and most, if not all, of the fixed cameras are in sensible places anyway - 30 and 40 zones where there have been lots of accidents where speed has been a factor.

There aren't very many of them to start with, unlike Staffordshire where there's one on every corner!

Posted: 04/08/2010 at 12:32

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