RAC Foundation Welcomes Review Of Speed Camera Policy

The RAC Foundation this morning gave a broad welcome to the Government’s review of speed camera policy as a positive step in improving the UK’s road safety record.

Under current funding arrangements, motorists have been sceptical about the safety benefits of cameras, seeing them as a revenue raising tool rather than a road safety measure.

The Foundation welcomes the Government’s decision to reform the funding system so that local authorities and local police have freedom to choose between spending on cameras, driver education or road improvements.

Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, said

"The RAC Foundation has consistently campaigned for a broader and more flexible approach to road safety. While speed cameras have their place, they should not be the first and last resort for road safety. Road and junction layout, clearer signing of limits, and better driver education all have a role to play.

"It is good news that the Government has recognised this in their review by committing increased funding for road safety."

17 December 2005 Staff

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