Speed camera proposals unveiled

New Government proposals will see police and local authorities made to publish information on speed cameras.

Plans outlined by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning could see drivers able to find out which camera catches the most motorists, accident rates at each site and the speeds recorded.

The proposals will be rolled out from April.

Mr Penning said: "Public bodies should be accountable and if taxpayers' money is being spent on speed cameras then it is right that information about their effectiveness is available to the public.

"The proposals I have announced will help show what impact cameras are having on accident and casualty rates and also how the police are dealing with offenders.

"This is in line with our commitment to improve transparency of government data so that the public are able to make more informed judgments about the work of local and central government."

The Department for Transport will be working with police and local authority representatives as well as the Highways Agency to discuss the details of what should be published and how.

It is thought that one camera on the M11 near east London has produced fines of more than £2 million over five years and that other camera sites have also resulted in fines of many thousands of pounds a year.

Philip Gomm, a spokesman for the RAC Foundation, said: "Road safety policy should be based on facts and analysis, not rumour and headlines. Where cameras are doing a good job then they should be kept. If others are badly sited or can be proved to be about raising money then they should be turned off.

"What we don't want is a knee-jerk, blanket policy of decommissioning just because someone thinks it is a good idea without the evidence to support the move."

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