speed cameras should go entirely into road safety measures, BBC Radio Four's
Today programme reported this morning.
commission chairman Professor David Begg told the programme. 'My commission
is recommending that all of that money should go back into road safety, not
just cameras but also more traffic police,' he said. This would gain more
public support for the cameras, he said.
Shadow transport secretary Damian Green raised the allegation that cameras
are positioned to maximise the number of fines, rather than to prevent
accidents. 'We need is a nationwide independent audit of the number and
positioning of the speed cameras, because it's certainly true that drivers
are now very suspicious that these cameras are being used just to raise
money,' he said.
The local authority / police partnerships which instal speed cameras must be
more open, Mr Green said. 'It's like pulling teeth to get information and
accounts out of these local partnerships', he said. 'One of the things I
most object to is that they are setting targets for the number of
prosecutions of motorists rather than direct road safety targets.'
But transport secretary Alistair Darling denied cameras were being used to
raise revenue. 'The best speed camera is one which gets people to slow down,
therefore there are no fines,' he told Today. 'I understand people's concern
about this and we've got to make sure we get the balance right. We don't
want people's money, we want to save lives.'