An article published last week in Local Transport Today (LTT) highlights one authority that has found replacement funding for safety cameras, and says that many more are looking at ways to retain camera enforcement using new funding sources.
LTT says that most highway authorities appear to be passing on the 27% cut in revenue Road Safety Grant to their road safety partnerships, but Conservative-controlled Nottinghamshire is an exception. It has just approved plans to use Local Area Agreement funding to make up for most of the loss of Road Safety Grant.
Richard Jackson, Nottinghamshire’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said that the implications of immediately reducing road safety activity were ‘unacceptable’. He said the 20 fixed and 18 mobile safety cameras in the county formed ‘a major and vital part’ of measures funded by Road Safety Grant.
He said: “They encourage changes in driver behaviour and are proven to make a significant contribution to improving road safety for all road users.
“We have seen, on average, a 77% reduction in killed and serious injury casualties at our fixed sites and a 53% reduction in KSI casualties at our mobile sites.”
LTT is a subsciber only publication – subscribers can access the full article, ‘Could localism agenda save speed cameras from the scrapheap?’, by clicking here.