Let's get more speed enforcement cameras on our local roads

Let's get more speed enforcement cameras on our local roads

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Silvia Collins started this petition to Nadine Dorries MP

This e-Petition is to ask our MP to lobby the Government to devolve powers to enable local authorities to prosecute motorists speeding on local roads. 

The technology is available but it is extremely difficult to get agreement to install speed cameras, even in places where speeding traffic presents very real and ongoing dangers to our residents. As a councillor, I know how important this issue is to so many residents and I want to support communities to get better local solutions.

Currently, local authorities need to pay for the cameras and then install and maintain them out of very tight budgets. They also need to get permission from the Police and then rely on them to take enforcement action. However, the income from fines goes to the Treasury. Whilst enforcement against those that speed is the responsibility of the Police, the reality is that they do not have the resource to prioritise this issue. Consequently, there is no incentive for either body to actively promote the technology and it has been made very difficult to justify a need for cameras. This situation is likely to be further exacerbated by the impact of the recent pandemic on the economy, so now is a good time to change this.

If local authorities are given the ability to prosecute offenders, the fines they receive can be used to pay back the cost of the technology, cover its installation, maintenance, monitoring and enforcement and over time this will also allow investment in more cameras or other road safety improvements. Not only will this keep our residents, especially children and vulnerable members of our community safer on our roads, it also means that our council taxes are used more effectively.

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