Insurers like speed cameras. Most believe they help prevent accidents and so bring claims costs down. So they won’t have liked what they heard from the Tories at their recent annual conference.

Shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers has pledged an end to the expansion of the UK’s speed camera network. There will be no government funding for new fixed speed cameras, she said, if the Conservatives win the next election.

If councils still want to install them they will have to raise the money themselves, she insisted. They will also need to prepare a report each year on the effectiveness of each camera in use and consider alternatives.

“Labour’s army of speed cameras,” Villiers snorted derisively, “is not the best way to make our roads safer. It is time to say enough is enough on fixed speed cameras – we have reached the high water mark.”

Whether she – or anyone else – actually went on to say “enough is enough on fixed speed cameras – we have reached the high water mark” Bankstone News is unable to confirm at the time of going to press.


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