Boy racer speed camera warning

An MP whose council is considering scrapping speed cameras has said the move would be an invitation to "boy racers" wanting to break the speed limit with no repercussions.

Swindon Borough Council is considering proposals to get rid of the cameras and spend the £400,000 contribution it currently makes to the local safety camera partnership on other road safety measures.

But Swindon South MP Anne Snelgrove, MP for Swindon South and parliamentary private secretary to Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly, has urged the Tory-controlled council to reject the plan.

"It will be an invitation to boy racers from all over the country to come to Swindon and break the speed limit with no fear of a fine or points on their licence," she warned. "I'm urging the council to think again. They need to think about the safety of the children of Swindon on our roads."

Swindon raised the idea of withdrawing from the safety camera partnership after a shake-up of speed camera funding rules which means the Treasury now keeps the proceeds of fines, with the Government then making road-safety grants to councils.

Ministers argue this breaks the controversial link between cash and camera, which critics said gave authorities a financial incentive to fine more motorists.

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