Speed camera cash to be made available
by political editor Paul Francis
Cash raised by individual speed cameras in Kent is to
become public for the first time.
Ministers have ordered all councils and police forces to reveal
much more detail about speed cameras, saying the public has the
right to know how effective they are.
Under the government’s plans, councils will be ordered to
publish the figures showing how many accidents and casualties have
happened at each camera site, along with comparative figures
showing the same data before cameras were installed.
The Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership, which operates
speed cameras across Kent and Medway, already publishes this
However, in common with other safety camera partnerships, it
does not publish how much money is raised in fines at each
individual camera site. Now it will have to.
Police forces have been told they will have to publish the
number of speeding prosecutions arising from each camera in their
area, along with the number of people fined and prosecuted and
details of those going on speed awareness courses.
Roads safety minister Mike Penning said: "We want to improve
accountability and make sure that the public are able to make
informed judgements about the decisions made on their behalf.
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"So if taxpayers’ money is being spent on speed cameras then it
is right that information about their effectiveness is available to
"That is why we want full details of accidents and casualties at
camera sites, along with the number of offences arising from each
camera, to be easily accessible.
"This will help to show what impact cameras are having on road
safety and also how the police are dealing with offenders."
Campaign groups representing motorists are likely to welcome the
Since the Kent partnership was set up, there has been a 63 per
cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured
at safety camera sites.
Councils and police forces will have until July 20 to publish
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