UK speed cameras 'short of film'

A shortage of film will affect the operation of Britain's traffic enforcement cameras, according to automobile magazine Autocar.

The UK has more than 6,000 speed cameras, but around 10% of them still run on wet-film, which has to be ordered from Japan.

The shortage was mainly driven by the Government's £38 million cut on road safety spending last year that forced local authorities to turn off some speed cameras.

Anticipating lower demand, major supplier Fujifilm cancelled an order for rolls of 35mm stock from Japan.

But with the local authorities changing their decision, many of the Gatso film speed cameras will be in need of more films, Autocar claims.

The magazine reported two sources have reported that Fuji's Gatso film will be in short supply until September, but a Fujifilm spokesperson said stock will be back to normal by the end of this month.

He said: "It's just a supply and demand thing. We toned down our orders, but the police have been ordering as usual, so we are air-freighting supplies to clear the backlog."

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