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MORE POLICE FORCES TO JOIN SPEED CAMERA PILOTS

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Police and local authorities in Derbyshire, Lancashire, North Wales and ...
Police and local authorities in Derbyshire, Lancashire, North Wales and

Staffordshire will be the next to install new speed cameras, transport

minister John Spellar told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning.

But speed fines will not be a source of direct revenue for the police, Mr

Spellar explained. 'The money that's collected from fines goes into a

central fund held by the lord chancellor's department and then, for the

first time, police forces in conjunction with local authorities can bid in

for that money'.

They will be able to bid for funds 'to put in cameras where they can have an

effect on accidents', he said.

Mr Spellar said the government and the police were also discussing national

standards for making speed cameras highly visible.

The Sunday Times (p26) reported that the forces currently taking part are Essex, Thames Valley, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cleveland, Glasgow, South Wales and Nottinghamshire. They are more than half way through the trial, which ends next April.

* for further details about today's DTLR announcement see LGCnet.

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