From April 2000 eight partnerships, comprising local police forces, local authorities, highways authorities and magistrates courts, have been piloting a new 'netting off' scheme. This allows the fixed penalty revenue from speed and red light cameras to be re-invested to fund camera enforcement.
The money raised is used to meet all the costs of purchasing, installing, operating and maintaining cameras.
The first year report of the scheme shows that across the eight pilot areas as a whole the number of people killed or seriously injured dropped by 18% compared to the average of the previous three years.
The netting-off scheme is now being rolled out nationally, with a further seven partnership areas joining the scheme in October 2001. Twelve more areas have applied to join the scheme next year.