SPEED CAMERA SWITCH-OFF GATHERS PACE
Is the 'Age of Austerity' set to be the catalyst for the end of the 'scamera'?
Derby switched off three of its fixed cameras and put 17 others 'under review'.
As a result, Oxfordshire has also removed £600k of funding for its part of the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership, the organisation that runs the cameras for Oxfordshire and several other areas.
Oxfordshire is not alone in looking at the effectiveness of speed cameras, either. Road safety grants have been dropped by roughly a quarter nationwide and that, combined with the end of central government funding for new camera sites, could cause a mass culling of speed cameras.
Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and Kent county councils have said that they are reviewing their options, and safety camera partnerships are feeling the strain.
The axe has already fallen for the Wiltshire and Swindon Safety Camera Partnership, meaning Swindon's six remaining fixed camera sites are now officially for the chop, while the Devon and Cornwall Safety Camera Partnership will not survive beyond the end of this financial year unless some extra funding is found for it.
It's not all good news, however. Cumbria county council has no plans to drop any of its six fixed sites, nor reduce its fleet of mobile camera vans, according to local government news site, localgov.co.uk