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Uncertain future for speed cameras

SOLIHULL will have to find other ways to fund its speed cameras, after government announced it was slashing road safety budgets.

SOLIHULL will have to find other ways to fund its speed cameras, after government announced it was slashing road safety budgets.

Councillor David Jamieson, cabinet member for transport and highways, has argued that the cameras have saved lives on local roads.

He said that he wants a full debate on the cameras, but believes they have curbed the number of accidents in several blackspots - including Lode Lane and Stratford Road.

“My view is simple, I’m not in favour of speed cameras per se, but I am in favour of making the roads safer,” he said.

“And all the evidence I’ve got in front of me suggests that the cameras have made a big contribution to this.”

Coun Jamieson, a former Transport Minster, said that Solihull’s cameras have reduced serious accidents by at least 60 per cent.

But a change in funding has seen a raft of councils announce they are pulling the plug.

In Solihull, discussions are under way about where to get the cash to keep the cameras running.

“Up until now the cameras have been self-funding, the fines that are collected pay for their upkeep,” added Coun Jamieson.

“But now the cost is going to hit the taxpayer, so I think we need to have a full debate about what to do next.”

In Solihull there are 28 fixed cameras, five red light cameras, as well as mobile devices - which can be moved between locations.

* Do cameras make the roads safer or is it time to switch them off? Write in to 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX.

 

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