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End of road for speed cameras

SPEED cameras across Solihull are set to be shut down within two months, road chiefs have revealed.

SPEED cameras across Solihull are set to be shut down within two months, road chiefs have revealed.

Councillor David Jamieson, cabinet member for transport, said this would lead to an “inevitable” increase in accidents.

Speaking to the Solihull News, he said that the council had been left with no choice but to pull the plug on all 32 cameras in the borough.

The future of the devices was thrown into doubt after local authorities had their road safety budgets slashed by the Government.

And now it’s been announced that the regional team who process fines will be made redundant.

Having exhausted all avenues for funding, all seven West Midlands councils are due to switch-off cameras by April 1.

“It’s extremely worrying, the cameras have made a big difference to road safety,” said Coun Jamieson.

“The number of road accidents in the borough has plummeted since the cameras were introduced.”

There were around 61 serious collisions in Solihull last year, a quarter of the number in 1986.

“In the past the cameras were paid for by the fines,” explained Coun Jamieson, a former Road Safety Minister.

“Under the new system, councils would have to pay to maintain and repair cameras and the Government would keep the money from fines.

“We’ve been in negotiations since August, but we can’t find a way round this - we just don’t have the funding.”

Full Council is due to debate the switch-off at its meeting next Tuesday (February 8).

 

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