In response to the NCE500 poll on speed cameras (NCE 14 June), I am pleased to see that the majority of engineers involved in this poll agreed that cameras improve road safety.
However, I would like to confirm the correct procedure with cost recovery.
The revenue received from offenders is only used to match the actual expenditure by authorities in purchasing and operating the cameras. All additional funds over and above that amount are returned to the Lord Chancellor's department at the end of the financial year.
For these reasons safety cameras are not, as some people believe, a way of printing money but are an effective tool for combating the increase in road traffic accidents. This is proven by the eight pilot authorities who have conducted the hypothecation experiment. This information will be released before national roll out.
Derek Johnstone EngTech (TM), senior technician, Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership derek. johnstone@lincolnshir e. gov. uk