Derby becomes latest local authority to consider switching off speed cameras
Three locations slated to have cameras turned off, others under consideration
Tory-led Derby City Council has become the latest local authority to consider switching off its fixed speed cameras, with a meeting next Monday 14 March debating whether to decommission devices at three locations.
The cameras concerned are at Burton Road, Nottingham Road, and Chellaston Road, Shelton Lock, reports the website This Is Derbyshire.
The reported reason for the proposal to switch them off is that the speed of passing traffic does not justify their use.
Conservative Councillor Matthew Holmes, cabinet member for planning and environment, told the website that it would be “wrong to assume” the council’s intentions regarding the other 15 fixed speed camera locations in the city.
“Each location is unique and will be considered fully before a decision is made,” he explained. He added: “Alternative measures, such as vehicle-activated signs are a more effective way of improving road safety in Derby.”
Since the coalition government came to power following last year’s general election, a number of local authorities have switched off some or all of their fixed speed cameras to help save money after a 40% reduction in the Road Safety Grant.