Government stops 'cash cow cameras'

The Government will no longer fund "cash cow" fixed speed cameras, it has been confirmed.

Junior transport minister Mike Penning told the House of Commons at question time that councils will have to use their own resources if they want new cameras as no more government money will be provided.

Mr Penning also encouraged local authorities to explore other effective safety methods.

The Government's decision has come as Mr Penning revealed that there are now three times more speed cameras in use than there were 10 years ago.

"The public must be confident speed cameras are there for road safety - not as a cash cow. Under this Government it will not be so," he said.

Labour former transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick said speed cameras had helped cut the toll of deaths and injuries on Britain's roads, and income was less than money spent on them by the Government.

Mr Penning said speed cameras could help to protect the public but their growth had been so great that the public was concerned about whether they were in place for safety reasons or to raise money for the Treasury.

"Central Government will not put any more money in. If local authorities want to do so, that's OK," he added.

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