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Villiers to scrap speed cameras

Shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said this week that a Conservative government would not install any more fixed speed cameras as part of a radical plan to improve road safety.

“Labour’s army of speed cameras is not the best way to make our roads safer.

“We will switch to alternative, better, ways to improve road safety,” she told the Conservative Party Conference.

“Labour’s dependence on fixed speed cameras has blinded them to the effectiveness of the alternatives. It is time say enough is enough on fixed speed cameras − we have reached the high water mark.

“A Conservative Government would not fund any new fixed speed cameras.”

“Labour’s army of speed cameras is not the best way to make our roads safer. We will switch to alternative, better, ways to improve road safety.”

Theresa Villiers, shadow transport secretary

Villiers set out a four point speed camera plan, which would scrap central government funding for new cameras, favour alternatives such as vehicle activated speed limit reminder signs, disband the safety camera partnerships that currently run speed camera sites and force local authorities to publish annual reports accounting for the use of each camera.

The new approach is part of a package of measures to tackle unnecessary disruption on roads.

They include a crackdowns on road works and rogue wheel clampers, shortening the time it takes to re-open motorways after accidents, freeing up data on traffic light phasing and allowing councils to pilot innovative schemes, like allowing cyclists to turn left at red traffic lights.

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