Maria Eagle, the new shadow transport secretary, wants to use the country’s network of average speed cameras to promote road safety in a more positive manner (The Telegraph).
In an interview with The Telegraph, Ms Eagle said she was preparing a radical overhaul of Labour’s motoring strategy. She hopes the policy will revive its reputation among drivers who accused the party of ‘waging war on the motorist’ while in government.
Maria Eagle told the Telegraph: "By the end I think there was a perception among motorists that we were not their friends. It was felt that cameras were about catching them on the hop and fining them – a money raising arrangement rather than a road safety arrangement.
"The safety cameras are capturing the data, the speed and number plates of the cars that go through.
“I have seen lately this idea that you can use the information you get from them to have a lottery – a draw of those who drive under the speed limit. It might make people understand there is a point to them.
"There is an incentive for good behaviour which is perhaps better psychologically than a disincentive for bad behaviour.”
Other incentives Ms Eagle suggested included offering motorists a discount when they came to renew their tax disc if they are shown to have stayed under the speed limit.
Ms Eagle made it clear she would not remove safety cameras, criticising the coalition for doing so without assessing the potential risk to road safety.
Click here to read The Telegraph’s full interview with Maria Eagle.