Proposals to roll out more average speed cameras across Leicestershire are to be discussed next week, following a successful trial.
We are considering introducing up to a further seven average speed camera sites across the county. The proposals would see the average speed cameras move locations yearly to change driver behaviour in towns and villages.
The proposals under consideration follow a successful scheme which saw cameras installed at seven locations, Sharnford, Walcote, Oadby, Groby, Measham, Woodhouse Eaves and Freeby.
Subject to cabinet approval, sites where communities have previously raised concerns about speeding will be reviewed by us and the police. Once sites have been identified, we will consult with residents about the proposed locations.
I’m delighted that we’re considering trialling the average speed enforcement programme again. It highlights our commitment to make our roads as safe as they can be.
“The scheme has proved that it can make a difference in communities, whose lives are blighted by the effects of speeding motorists, and, if approved, we believe the new cameras will make a positive change to driver behaviour.
“We will also work with communities where average speed cameras are not a suitable option and look at alternative speed enforcement measures, such as our Community Speed Watch scheme and vehicle activated signs.Person:Councillor Trevor Pendleton, cabinet member for highways and transport
Since the cameras have been operational just over 17million vehicles have passed through the sites in Sharnford, Walcote, Measham, Oadby, Woodhouse Eaves and Groby, with 0.09 per cent of those vehicle owners (15,300) issued with notices.
We will continue to press the Government to consider a new approach to funding the camera sites.
At present, funds generated through camera fines are retained by HM Treasury. We have made several requests for the revenue to be retained to cover the capital cost of the speed cameras, after which the revenue would revert to Government. This would enable further roll-outs of this type of enforcement measure across the county.
Cabinet will consider the report when it meets at 2pm on Tuesday, 20 October. The meeting will be webcast, live, at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast and a recording available from the following day.